The Presidency: The Issue That Won't Wash Away

The Issue That Won't Wash Away

George Bush's helicopter lifted high in Washington's 86 degrees winter heat last Wednesday and churned down the Potomac River valley as the President studied the water for signs of bass running in the shallows. Within minutes he was at his destination, the Potomac Electric Power Co.'s Chalk Point generating station, a plant that produces electricity for the White House. Under Bush's proposed clean-air program, the facility would have to cut half its sulfur dioxide emissions within ten years, a $400 million undertaking. "Megabucks," acknowledged Bush. "But I am determined to clean up the air."

Storm rising -- political and natural. Bush...

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