First Hot Air, Then Clean Air

Political emissions greet Bush's environmental plan

On a crystal-clear morning in June, George Bush stood before the Grand Tetons in Wyoming and proclaimed, "Every American deserves to breathe clean air." Last week, after environmentalists and their allies on Capitol Hill got a look at the President's 279-page plan for implementing his promise to clean up America's spacious but smoggy skies, they claimed he had double-crossed them. Bush, they said, had retreated substantially from his Rocky Mountain rhetoric and in some areas even fell short of current law.

Bush did not take kindly to the charges. In a Rose Garden ceremony Friday, the President inserted into his prepared...

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