Greenwash Watch: “20 in 10”

Bill Scher

To “greenwash” is to spin something as good for the environment, when it’s really amounts to direct harm or damaging inaction.

Like today, when President Bush addressed the nation in the Rose Garden, and called for Congress to pass his “20 in 10” plan, cutting our gas usage 20 percent in 10 years.

As David Roberts noted in January after Bush first announced this plan, “the vaunted 20% is a reduction in projected gas use, not current gas use. So it’s slower growth, not really a ‘reduction’ at all.”

Classic greenwash. More happy rhetoric, masking more inaction, keeping us energy dependent, doing nothing about global warming.

Get updates in your inbox