Greens protest energy bill

Feb. 19, 2004 at 8:38 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Green Party Thursday called for the defeat of a new Republican-sponsored energy bill, claiming it would cripple energy conservation efforts.

The bill, announced by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, would eliminate the $3 billion Energy Savings Performance Contracts program to conserve energy by retrofitting federal government buildings with energy efficient equipment, the Greens said in a statement.

They also claimed it would "provide massive subsidies to coal, oil and nuclear lobbies; repeal the Public Utility Holding Company Act; delay clean air standards; exempt oil and gas drilling from environmental review; allow dangerous nuclear waste reprocessing schemes; and open up sensitive public lands and coastal areas to oil and gas exploration."

The bill "is still a gift to industries favored by the Bush administration and it does nothing to reverse our addiction to fossil fuels," said Holly Hart, co-chair of the Green's national Platform Committee.

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