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In another indication that oil-men don’t make the best environmentalists, Texas activists are calling George W. Bush’s plan to curb industrial emissions in his home state a failure.

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Bush asked ageing industrial plants currently exempt from emissions standards to voluntarily lower their output of harmful gases. Though state officials claim the plan — the centerpiece of Bush’s environmental record — accounted for a 3 percent decrease in emissions in the past year, a study by a coalition of environmental groups says emissions have been reduced by only 0.3 percent, reports the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.

Still a little bit is better than nothing, right? Maybe, but environmental groups point out that many of the accomplishments claimed as results of the voluntary program actually occurred before the program was instated.

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