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Bush Policies Conserve the Environment

February 9, 2004

President Bush's policies are improving public health, providing cleaner air and water and protecting public lands in a way that sustains our economic competitiveness, says Mike Leavitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This results-based approach -- capitalizing on the power of technology, collaborating with state and local governments and using market-based programs -- is picking up the pace of environmental progress, providing federal standards while fostering local solutions.

  • President Bush's clean air policies will improve air quality and health dramatically by requiring a 70 percent cut in power-plant pollution; his mandatory, market-based approach provides incentives to cut pollution faster and spur innovation in pollution-control technology.
  • Through his Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by pollution-free fuel cells; also, his FutureGen program will build the world's first zero-emissions, coal-fired power plant.
  • His expanded farm-bill conservation programs provide more than $40 billion to restore wetlands, protect habitats, conserve water and improve streams and rivers on farms and ranches; such policies as the Water Quality Trading Program and Water 2025 are helping improve our nation's water quality and solve water crises.
  • The president's Healthy Forests Initiative is helping local communities restore public forests and protect lives and wildlife from catastrophic wildfires; and his brownfields initiative is cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and revitalizing communities.

The president is committed to measuring progress, not process. In the past 30 years, air pollution decreased by nearly half as our economy more than doubled. Future generations will benefit from his commitment to sustaining that environmental progress, says Leavitt.

Source: Mike Leavitt, "Bush committed to progress," USA Today, February 9, 2004.

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