Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bush cuts fuel poverty programme

Although The Bush administration has spent $820 billion on the Iraq War it wants to save a few million dollars cutting back fuel poverty / energy efficiency programs.

The oil-loving cartel, in its budget plan sent to Congress this week, wants to cut funding for the Energy Star program, mostly administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, by 9 percent from this year's $55.9 million, and the weatherization program by nearly a third from $243 million to $164.2 million.

This helps low-income families buy storm windows and insulation for their homes to make them more energy-efficient.

The budget would also eliminate all of the current $23.1 million for geothermal technology.

US Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said the government wanted to put its money in programs that would yield better results.

But everyone knows that it's cheaper to save energy than invest in new generation plant.

It's "a remarkable about-face" by the administration "after spending several months extolling the potential for energy efficiency," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Bush neither cares about the poor, who can freeze, or reducing America's obese energy demand.

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