1. CO2 The president kicks off the year by reneging on his campaign promise to establish mandatory reduction targets for carbon-dioxide emissions.
2. Kyoto Schmyoto Bush goes for the Big One and rejects the Kyoto Protocol, which holds nations to the Rio Treaty signed a decade ago by Bush Senior and calls for a reduction of greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels the U.S. is currently 12 percent above that figure. Says the Union of Concerned Scientists: This is the most anti-environmental act of an American president in modern memory.
3. Seed Banks Foreclosed In February, a U.S. delegation blocked progress on an international treaty to protect plant genetic diversity in the worlds network of seed banks. What is at stake? Try global food security.
4. Non-Renewable Energy Bushs fiscal-year 2002 Energy Department budget slashes core funding for renewable-energy research and development by nearly 50 percent from $376 million to $186 million.
5. Star Wars As part of rollbacks to pay for the war in Afghanistan, the administration proposes substantial cuts to the Smithsonians budget, including a proposal to radically alter or even eliminate the 111-year-old Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, site of some of the most spectacular discoveries about stars and galaxies.
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6. Got Gas? The administration proposes opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling as part of its new energy strategy. Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer: The president believes that [high energy consumption] is an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policymakers to protect the American way of life. The American way of life is a blessed one.