For Bush, It's Not Easy Being Green

For a while, it seemed Bush didn't care what environmentalists thought of him. His Vice President dismissed conservation as "a personal virtue," and his press secretary said Americans should not curtail energy use because "the American way of life is a blessed one." But perhaps because polls now show that nearly three times as many Americans say they trust the Democrats in Congress than say they trust the President to protect the environment, Bush recently has tried to clean up his rhetoric, if not his policies.

Last week Bush introduced a new "Clean Skies" initiative that he said "will constitute the...

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