WASHINGTON: The Sierra Club is preparing a major PR campaign in
response to President Bush's sudden U-turn on his election pledge to
seek tighter restrictions on carbon dioxide emission, an alleged
contributor to global warming.
The President's change of heart last week followed discussions with oil
and coal industry lobbyists.
Daniel Weiss, political director for the Sierra Club, said the group
would be counting on the American public to exert pressure on the
president and members of Congress. 'We're sending information to people
all over the country to get them to care about the environment,' he
said. 'Bush will find he has be to responsive.'
This is the latest in a series of policy decisions that have frustrated
lobbyists and public affairs groups representing traditionally
Two weeks ago, Congress swiftly repealed landmark ergonomics reform
enacted by former President Clinton and made virtually no mention of
gun-control legislation following a student's shooting spree in Santee,
These moves were a slap in the face of interest groups that only weeks
ago held considerable sway over the White House. In the case of
ergonomics, the AFL-CIO did much to advocate reform but had little input
into Congress' repeal of it. 'We knew it was coming, but they allowed no
time at all for public debate,' said Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO director of
occupational health and safety.
Michael Barnes, president of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, was
quoted by The Washington Post last week as saying that following the
Hill's lack of outrage at the Santee shootings, his organization would
become 'more active on the state level than before.'