White House Greenwash
May 15, 2007
To "greenwash" is to spin something as good for the environment, when it really amounts to direct harm or damaging inaction.
Like Monday, when President Bush addressed the nation in the Rose Garden, and called for Congress to pass his "20 in 10" plan, cutting our gas usage 20 percent in 10 years.
As David Roberts noted in January after Bush first announced this plan, "the vaunted 20 percent is a reduction in projected gas use, not current gas use. So it's slower growth, not really a 'reduction' at all."
Classic greenwash. More happy rhetoric, masking more inaction, keeping us energy dependent, doing nothing about global warming.
When the Supreme Court last month told the Bush administration to follow the law and treat greenhouse gases as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, environmental groups noted that the ruling should end the administration's efforts to prevent states from adopting their own vehicle emissions standards.
But after today's White House announcement, Frank O'Donnell at Clear Air Watch sees more stalling:
Is this a violation of the Supreme Court ruling? It surely is in spirit. But the White House knows the wheels of justice move slowly, and it's happy to take advantage and continue stonewalling the states.