WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement in reaction to the proposed federal budget released by the Bush Administration today:
“It is often said that the president’s annual budget proposal is a roadmap to our nation's future. If that is the case, President Bush's budget leads us down the same dead end street when it comes to energy and environmental policy. By slashing energy efficiency programs and increasing taxpayer giveaways to the dirty fossil fuel industries of the past, President Bush’s budget is worse than a bridge to the 20th century’s energy sources: it is a bridge to nowhere.
We’ve known for some time that this Administration is not serious about increasing energy efficiency and supporting a clean renewable energy future — the key ways we can, as a nation, reduce greenhouse gases and address global warming. This budget proves it.
Fortunately, this is President Bush’s last budget, because he has failed to provide leadership on global warming and America’s energy future. Our next president must be a leader on these issues.
According to NRDC, an example of such misplaced budget priorities is the elimination of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which the Department of Energy itself calls "this country's longest running, and perhaps most successful energy efficiency program." In FY06, DOE weatherized 97,000 homes. Last year, only 55,000 homes. If the President has his way, that there will be no help for homeowners in the next fiscal year.