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.