It is clearly open season at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Last week not only did public power utilities come calling http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/oira/2000/meetings/668.html , but now it can be revealed that so did foreign car makers. See below.
The purpose of this visit is pretty clear – to influence an upcoming Bush administration proposal aimed at reducing oil use.
We don’t know everything they said, but the leave-behind materials strongly suggest they urged a go-slow approach to possible carbon dioxide tailpipe standards or better fuel economy. Citing experiences in Europe and Japan, they caution against “pushing beyond about 2% a year.” (See http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/oira/2000/meetings/669.pdf )
Keep your eye out for visits by the Big Three and by more oil companies. (Several have already checked in: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/oira/2000/meetings/661.html
The record of the foreign auto makers visit is documented at:
Meeting Record Regarding: Automobile Manufactures
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Richard A. Penna
Van Ness Feldman
Sal and Assoc.
G. William Macleod
Nissan North American Inc.
Hogan & Hartson
Edward B. Cohen
USDA/Office of General Counsel