The New York Times explores how pollution won the war on pollution in the Bush administration:
The battle engaged some of the nation’s largest power companies, which were also among the largest donors to President Bush and other Republicans. They were represented by Mr. Barbour and another influential lobbyist, Marc Racicot, who also would later become chairman of the Republican National Committee.
In an administration that puts a premium on keeping its internal disputes private, this struggle went on well out of the public’s view. But interviews and documents trace the decisions in which the Bush administration changed the nation’s approach to environmental controls, ultimately shifting the balance to the side of energy policy. Senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, including Mrs. Whitman, became isolated, former aides said, and several resigned.