WASHINGTON, DC - LCV Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld issued the following statement today in response to the Bush Administration's FY 2007 Budget.
"President Bush's 2007 budget does not even come close to matching his rhetoric from last week's State of the Union speech. In his speech last week, President Bush said that America is "addicted to oil" and called for major action to address this serious problem. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and we welcome the president to this important debate.
"However, his budget paints a starkly different picture, one that continues to look out for big oil and gas companies already reaping record profits while ignoring American families struggling to pay high gas and home heating prices.
"His budget assumes highly speculative and fiscally irresponsible revenues from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and falls woefully short in funding clean, cheap, renewable energy sources. In fact, President Bush's budget proposal includes less funding for alternative fuels than even the pro-polluter, fossil fuel-dominated energy bill he signed into law last summer. Additionally, the president's budget makes deep cuts in critical programs to help reduce pollution.
"Americans today want true leadership and real, meaningful solutions to our nation's energy challenges as well as funding to safeguard public health and the environment. This budget fails miserably on all of these counts."