1999 - BUSH
INFLATES CLAIMS OF PROGRESS ON POLLUTION
Actions Belie His Latest Proposal
to support claims of ozone reduction during his tenure, appointees
of Texas Governor George Bush "cooked the books" to mask actual increases
in air pollution, according to documents released today by Texas Public
Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Texas PEER). Documents
also show that "record" air pollution enforcement numbers have also
The Texas air quality numbers which claimed a statewide decline in
high ozone days ("ozone exceedance days") omitted the numbers for
all odd years. When the odd years are counted, there was no decline.
"They say that
figures lie and liars figure but in Texas they do both," stated Texas
PEER Coordinator Erin Rogers. "State employees often have to look
the other way when data is manipulated but cooking the books by omitting
odd years could not even pass the laugh test."
Yesterday, Gov. Bush proposed new ozone fighting measures which would,
in many cases, restore programs and policies he has eliminated earlier
in his administration. In his latest statement to the Texas Natural
Resources Conservation Commission, Bush called for "bold" action including
adoption of the California low emission vehicle standard.
His latest proposal stands in stark contrast to his previous actions
* Cut the vehicle inspection program in the dirtiest air basins;
* Delay stricter federal ozone standards; and
* Champion voluntary compliance rather than enforcement against air
"If his pollution policies have been so good why do we need ‘bold'
reform this week?," asked Rogers. "Until this week, the pronouncements
of Texas environmental officials on air quality have parroted the
rhetoric of industry lobbyists."
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