DOES THE PRESIDENT TALK TO CABINET MEMBERS?
The president’s decision that CO2 is not really an atmospheric pollutant was made in a letter to Republican leaders, even as the head of EPA, Christine Todd Whitman, was telling foreign leaders that the US would cut CO2 emissions. Perhaps she can just explain that The Western Fuels Association has discovered that carbon dioxide is really a food (WN 3 Nov 00). Moreover, she could point out that it doesn’t transmit hoof and mouth disease. Also left dangling by Bush’s reversal are Rep. Boehlert (R-NY)and Sen. Jeffords (R-VT), who were drafting CO2 legislation. 3. MISSILE DEFENSE: TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH WHO’S TALKING TO WHOM. China says it’s willing to talk with the US about a National Missile Defense, but shows no sign of softening its opposition to anything that might be used to shield Taiwan. But North Korea has abruptly postponed high-level talks with South Korea. The North Koreans were clearly offended when President Bush expressed public skepticism about the reliability of agreements