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[greenyes] Sen. Env. Comm. Chair Accuses Public Air Officials of Conspiracy...with Activitists
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
 February 25, 2005

'Clear Skies' plan: the battle heats up
Ten state attorneys general are accusing the Bush administration of diluting 
air-pollution standards.

By Brad Knickerbocker

The congressional fight over the Bush administration's clean air plan has 
turned into a political knock-down, drag out at several levels.

Ten state attorneys general are publicly opposing it. Environmental 
activists and labor unions are at odds over the measure, illustrating the 
classic split over jobs versus the environment.  STATE AND LOCAL 
AIR-POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICIALS AND AGENCIES HAVE WEIGHED IN, PROMPTING THE 
CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO QUESTION THEIR MOTIVES AND 
INVESTIGATE THEIR POSSIBLE CONNECTION TO ACTIVISTS.

Two prominent Republican governors - George Pataki of New York and Arnold 
Schwarzenegger of California - have urged Washington to make sure that 
states be allowed "to have stronger pollution controls than those set for 
the nation as a whole," as is the case under current law. Their recent 
letter to congressional leaders was polite, but it made an important point: 
That heavily populated areas like New York City and Los Angeles may need 
stronger laws than those favored
by the Bush administration and polluting industries.

Meanwhile, speakers at the annual meeting of the American Association for 
Advancement of Science this week complained that the administration "has 
distanced itself from scientific information" on such issues as 
environmental protection.

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