- 03-27-02 Department of Energy Releases Documents Showing Access to Energy Companies (CBS News)
Summarizes documents released under court order to show which groups influenced the development of national policy on energy. According to the summary, energy executives and lobbyists had a great deal of access to the head of the Energy Department, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. "In all, three dozen energy executives and lobbyists participated in eight meetings with Abraham from mid-February to late April 2001. The Cheney energy report was released in May."
"But the papers released late Monday by DOE document no top-level meetings with advocates of energy efficiency or renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.
- 06-12-02 EPA to Relax Clean Air Requirements for Utilities (USAToday.com)
Groups monitoring air pollution activity regard the new policy as very bad for the environment . "An easing of the rules, they argued, will produce millions of tons of additional pollution from older coal-burning plants and amount to a rollback of the Clean Air Act."
- 11-23-02 Bush Administration Eases Clean Air Rules (CBS News)
"The Bush administration on Friday eased clean air rules to allow utilities, refineries and manufacturers to avoid having to install expensive new anti-pollution equipment when they modernize their plants."
- Superfunds - Bush to Shift Costs to Taxpayers (Time - Reaves)
President Bush plans to shift the cost of cleaning up major pollution sites away from the corporations responsible for the pollution. Instead, he wants to reduce the size of the Superfund and to have taxpayers pay a larger share for the cleanup. "A White House victory would likely bring an immediate drop-off in the number of sites approved for Superfund status. But of even greater concern to environmental advocates is that the change will see the disincentive to pollute wither away alongside the Superfund coffers. After all, industrial polluters have been kept in check by the threat of having to fund costly cleanups." 2-02