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"Business as Usual" looks at H.R. 4, a piece of legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives. It embodies the new energy policy advocated by President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney that increases domestic production of oil, coal, natural gas, and nuclear resources. This documentary segment considers the environmental consequences of the bill, comparing the subsidies that the bill offers to energy companies with the companies' record of campaign contributions.


L. Hunter Lovins, has some different ideas about energy. She was invited into NOW's studio to talk about her views on H.R. 4 and moving to alternative sources of energy.

L. Hunter Lovins holds degrees in political science, sociology, and law and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Maine. A member of the State Bar of California, she helped establish the California Conservation Project, an innovative urban forestry and environmental education group, and served as its assistant director for six years.

Ms. Lovins has written dozens of papers on conservation and resource management and has co-authored nine books, including NATURAL CAPITALISM: CREATING THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. In 1982, she was selected as the Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College and has taught at several other universities. Along with her husband and colleague, experimental physicist Amory Lovins, she has consulted with governments, corporations, and community groups on how to solve problems, create wealth, and increase profits by using their resources more productively.

In 1982, the Lovins's founded the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit think tank which promotes efficient resource management and is dedicated to finding alternative solutions to the world's energy problems. In recognition of their contributions in this field, they have been awarded the Mitchell Prize (1982); the Right Livelihood Award (1983); the Lindbergh Award (1993); and the Nissan Award (1993).

H.R. 4 Resources:

The H.R. 4 Bill
Legislative history of the H.R. 4 energy bill.

Download the Bill
Printable version of the bill.

Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth is a broad-based coalition of a thousand members representing consumer and community groups, energy companies involved in all phases of energy exploration, production and transmission, and business and labor organizations in every state — all united in support of a comprehensive energy plan.

Halliburton Energy Services is a provider of products, services and integrated solutions for oil and gas exploration and production.

"The Disappearing 2001 Surplus: Tax Cuts, Budget Increases, and the Economy" by Richard Kogan and Robert Greenstein
An article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people)

General Motors
General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide.

Grist Magazine
Environmental news and humor daily

Public Citizen (founded by Ralph Nader)
National non-profit public interest organization "protecting health, safety, and democracy"

Recent trends in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Scientific report on the controversial "greenhouse effect" including charts and graphs. Report prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Report of the National Energy Policy Development Group
This report, presented on the official White House energy page, represents current administration thinking on energy policy.

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club works to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Public advocacy group.

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