April Fools joke?
With the Bush administration, you never can tell:
The White House has renominated three people for top jobs affecting the environment who were previously blocked in Congress because of their pro-industry views.
According to industry lobbyists and Republican aides in Congress, Bush intends to skirt the Senate approval process if necessary by making recess appointments to put the three nominees in the posts.
All three have ties to industries that face costly Environmental Protection Agency restrictions, and all three have previously bypassed or questioned the EPA’s scientific process.
They are William Wehrum, who would head the air office of the EPA; Alex A. Beehler, chosen to be the EPA’s inspector general; and Susan Dudley, who would become White House regulations chief.