Saturday, April 22, 2006

An Old Earth Day Joke Is One Year Older

An old joke: It's Earth Day; take a clod to lunch.
The clod occupying the White House took note of the occassion in his Saturday radio address:
Saturday is Earth Day, and many of you are asking how we can meet our growing energy needs while protecting our environment. The key is technology. So I have proposed the Advanced Energy Initiative to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars.
As Business Week points out, President Sluggo hasn't matched his rhetoric with his actions:
Across the board, federal funding for energy efficiency is taking a major hit. In the White House's proposed 2007 budget, efficiency spending is down 17% overall from 2006 appropriations, and 25% from levels in 2002. The cuts are deeper for individual programs. Research to help industry reduce energy use is slated for a 30% decrease, and some programs are being shut down.

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