“A Slightly Slower Rate”

“A SLIGHTLY SLOWER RATE”….A “government employee” who was apparently “frustrated with the slow pace of its preparation” has leaked to the New York Times a copy of the Bush administration’s latest editon of the United States Climate Action Report. Here’s the bottom line:

According to the new report, the administration’s climate policy will result in emissions growing 11 percent in 2012 from 2002. In the previous decade, emissions grew at a rate of 11.6 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

….[White House flack Kristen] Hellmer defended Mr. Bush’s climate policy, saying the president was committed to actions, like moderating gasoline use and researching alternative energy, that limited climate risks while also increasing the country’s energy and national security. She said Mr. Bush remained satisfied with voluntary measures to slow emissions.

Killer stuff, Mr. President! Reducing emissions growth from 11.6% to 11% really shows you take this stuff seriously.

And remember, this is the same guy who thinks Congress should get out of the mileage standard business and turn it over to him so that new standards can be set in a “flexible rulemaking process.” I think not.