US power firm with links to Bush is a top global polluter

November 16th, 2007 - 2:48 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov.16 (ANI): An American power company with close financial links to President George Bush has been named as one of the world’s top producers of global warming pollution.
The first-ever worldwide database of such pollution also reveals the rapid growth in global-warming emissions by power plants in China, South Africa and India.
According to The Times, the detailed breakdown of the worst polluters comes in the form of an on-line database, compiled by the Center for Global Development (CGD), an independent policy and research organisation that focuses on how the actions of the rich world shape the lives of poor people in developing countries.
It lays out exactly where the worst CO2 emitters are and how much greenhouse gas they are pumping into the atmosphere. The globe’s most concentrated source of greenhouse gases is the CO2 emissions of 50,000 power plants worldwide.
The detailed breakdown of the worst polluters comes in the form of an on-line database, compiled by the Center for Global Development (CGD), an independent policy and research organisation that focuses on how the actions of the rich world shape the lives of poor people in developing countries.
It lays out exactly where the worst CO2 emitters are and how much greenhouse gas they are pumping into the atmosphere. The globe’s most concentrated source of greenhouse gases are the CO2 emissions of 50,000 power plants worldwide.
Power plants already produce 40 per cent of US greenhouse gas and 25 per cent of the world’s.
But it is the enormous carbon footprint of Southern Company among the largest financiers of Republican Party politicians which has raised eyebrows.
Southern’s employees handed George Bush 217,047 dollars to help him get elected, besides contributing an extraordinary 6.2 million dollars to Republican campaigns since 1990.
The company is in the top two of America’s dirtiest utility polluters and sixth worst in the world.
Politicians from both parties fear the influence of Southern, which spends huge sums both on lobbying and on political campaigns and is among the biggest power players in Washington. It has seen off numerous attempts to impose controls on the amounts of pollution it pumps out.
Yesterday’s report has finally identified the impact these power companies are having on global warming.
Southern, which earned 14.4 billion dollars in revenues in 2006, is using its influence to block the introduction of wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy sources on the grounds that it would eat into its profits.
Haley Barbour, one of the main lobbyists for Southern Co when President Bush took office, played a crucial role in persuading him to back away from his original campaign promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions when he first ran for president in 2000.
Barbour is a former chairman of the Republican Party, and was re-elected governor of Mississippi last week.
The database clearly shows the US as the world’s biggest carbon dioxide producer from electricity generation emissions that are continuing to grow. (ANI)

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