White House Prods Allies to Oppose Limits on Greenhouse Gases
As the Bush administration prepares to issue its ruling on whether to limit greenhouse gases, it's sending out a message to some of its allies: Tell us how much you don't want us to regulate emissions linked to global warming.
Last week, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs sent an e-mail to mayors reminding them that time was running out if they wanted to comment on the proposal the administration issued in July, which laid out how the government might curb greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. A 2007 Supreme Court decision required theEnvironmental Protection Agency to issue such a ruling, but the White House made it clear in its e-mail that it does not think that is a good idea.
"At the time, President Bush warned that this was the wrong way to regulate emissions. [House Energy and Commerce Committee] Chairman John D. Dingellcalled it 'a glorious mess,' " Jeremy J. Broggi, the office's associate director, wrote in the e-mail, obtained by The Washington Post. "And many of you contacted us to let us know how harmful this rule would be to the economies of the cities and counties you serve."