Magazine article Newsweek

WHITMAN: Enough Is Enough?

Magazine article Newsweek

WHITMAN: Enough Is Enough?

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Byline: Eleanor Clift

In an administration whose sympathies lie with Big Oil and big business, EPA director Christine Todd Whitman doesn't win many battles. Her failure to appear at a press conference last month to announce new, relaxed rules for air pollution set off a fresh round of rumors that she might leave. "She's here; she considers the environment important; she continues to serve the president," says EPA communications director Joe Martyak. A resignation in anger is improbable. Whitman's a good soldier, and she's willing to defend the rules. The White House decided against having her take the hit this time. But a friend says it wouldn't surprise him if she took an early exit. The environment is likely to emerge as a big issue over the next two years, which means Whitman will take more of a battering. She often jokes that she didn't ask to be at the EPA--it's not a job many Republicans want. …

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