Qorvis tempers its stance on drilling

WASHINGTON: Facing huge opposition from environmental groups,

Qorvis Communications, in lockstep with the Bush administration, has

retooled its approach to winning support for oil exploration in the

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

The agency will take a less aggressive approach to the issue in coming

months, allowing the opposition to cool while gearing up for the

congressional vote now planned for the fall.

President Bush had made drilling for oil in ANWR a centerpiece of his

energy policy during the campaign. But overwhelming resistance from

environmental groups sparked a week-long communications push by the

White House to revive Bush's flagging environmental credentials. The

president followed suit by downplaying the initiative.

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