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Planet Ark World Environment News UPDATE - Greenpeace dumps coal outside Cheney home

Date: 18-May-01
Country: USA

The Greenpeace protest came as President George W. Bush unveiled recommendations of an energy task force led by Cheney, which increases energy production and encourages conservation.

Several tons of coal and a handful of oil barrels blocked an entrance to Cheney's residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in northwest Washington and activists carried banners with slogans such as "Bush/Cheney Energy Scam."

"The Bush/Cheney energy plan is not an energy plan, it's an energy scam. The Bush/Cheney plan could have been written by the oil industry, the coal industry and the nuclear power industry," said Greenpeace activist Andrea Durbin.

Police observed the truck dumping the coal and took down the names of those involved. There were no arrests.

A spokeswoman for Cheney declined comment on the incident.

In Amsterdam, earlier yesterday, Greenpeace International slammed Bush's energy plan, saying the measures would increase the U.S. output of global warming gases.

Greenpeace climate policy director Bill Hare described the conservation measures as "window dressing" and said the call to increase fossil fuels use ran counter to efforts in other industrialized states to reduce "greenhouse gas" output.

A U.N. scientific body has said greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels, will contribute to warming of the earth's surface. That in turn will lead to higher ocean levels, dramatic changes in weather patterns and greater frequency of severe storms.

"This plan is going to substantially increase U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a time when most of the industrialized countries are trying to reduce them," Hare told Reuters.

In March, Bush drew an international outcry by rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, which calls on industrialized countries to cut output of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, by an average of 5.2 percent from 1990 levels by 2010.

Bush said he rejected the pact, which has not been formally adopted by the international community, because it did not require emissions cuts by developing nations and would damage the U.S. economy.

Hare, who described the new Bush plan as "profoundly depressing," said Greenpeace would still push for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol without the United States.

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