Intensive Lobbying by Utility Interests Preceded Bush's Reversal on Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Whitman Speech Supporting Kyoto Galvanized Conservatives



Mar 18, 2001, 00:00 ET from Newsweek

    NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy interests, mainly oil, coal and
 utilities, waged two weeks of ferocious lobbying that eventually succeeded in
 getting President George W. Bush to reverse his campaign promise to require
 that electric power plants reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. Newsweek
 reports that Thomas Kuhn, chief lobbyist for the electric utility industry and
 a Yale classmate of Bush's, called senior White House aides to urge that Bush
 back away from the emissions caps.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010317/HSSA007 )
     In a speech before G-8 environmental ministers in Italy, EPA chief
 Christie Todd Whitman announced that the U.S. was committed to the goals of
 the 1997 Kyoto accords, which call for industrialized nations to bring carbon
 emission below 1990 levels. Before going to Italy, she checked with a senior
 Bush aide who affirmed the campaign position. But conservative activists were
 galvanized by her words, and began funneling their complaints to White House
 political guru Karl Rove. Bush got the message. "I want to reevaluate," he
 said at a March 5 meeting, reports the latest issue of Newsweek (on newsstands
 Monday, March 19).
     A small working group convened to review the question. Bolstered by a
 Clinton administration report warning that a cap on CO2 emissions could boost
 electric rates, the group recommended that it be dropped. Bush agreed, and on
 March 13 he broke the news to Whitman.
 
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    NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy interests, mainly oil, coal and
 utilities, waged two weeks of ferocious lobbying that eventually succeeded in
 getting President George W. Bush to reverse his campaign promise to require
 that electric power plants reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. Newsweek
 reports that Thomas Kuhn, chief lobbyist for the electric utility industry and
 a Yale classmate of Bush's, called senior White House aides to urge that Bush
 back away from the emissions caps.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010317/HSSA007 )
     In a speech before G-8 environmental ministers in Italy, EPA chief
 Christie Todd Whitman announced that the U.S. was committed to the goals of
 the 1997 Kyoto accords, which call for industrialized nations to bring carbon
 emission below 1990 levels. Before going to Italy, she checked with a senior
 Bush aide who affirmed the campaign position. But conservative activists were
 galvanized by her words, and began funneling their complaints to White House
 political guru Karl Rove. Bush got the message. "I want to reevaluate," he
 said at a March 5 meeting, reports the latest issue of Newsweek (on newsstands
 Monday, March 19).
     A small working group convened to review the question. Bolstered by a
 Clinton administration report warning that a cap on CO2 emissions could boost
 electric rates, the group recommended that it be dropped. Bush agreed, and on
 March 13 he broke the news to Whitman.
 
              (Article attached. Read Newsweek's press releases at
               http://www.Newsweek.MSNBC.com Click "Pressroom.")
 
 SOURCE  Newsweek