It's Greener on the Swing Side

GOP pollster Frank Luntz warned in a memo to party leaders: "The environment is probably the single issue on which Republicans in general - and President Bush in particular - are most vulnerable." The administration's recent funding boosts for its Healthy Forests Restoration Act, Pacific salmon recovery programs, the Klamath River Basin (previously targeted by the anti-environmental "Wise Use" movement), and Great Lakes clean up have been slammed by environmentalists as election year damage control targeted to swing states like Oregon, Michigan and Ohio. "God help you if you're waiting for EPA to clean up a toxic waste site outside of a swing state," remarked National Environmental Trust president Phil Clapp.