Friday, May 23, 2003

Bush and the EPA Have a look at this Los Angeles Times article about the travails of poor Mr. Bush in trying to fill the top spot at the EPA. Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, vacated the post earlier this week. The article points out that if Bush appoints someone perceived as a moderate, then he risks offending the business interests he is relying on for his reelection. But if he appoints a hard-line conservative, he will be handing the Democrats an effective issue to use in the next election.

One problem with the article is its childish partition of the available viewpoints into "pro-business" and "pro-green". Surely life provides more options than that?

The article concludes by noting that leading the EPA has become a far more technically demanding job than it used to be. I suppose it's out of the question that Bush would consider appointing an actual scientist to the post, however.


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