Major polluters lobby White House in meetings.

“For the second time in a week,” lobbyists for major polluters visited the White House last Friday “in an effort to influence the US EPA’s upcoming proposed standards for smog.” Representatives of the Edison Electric Institute and the American Chemistry Counsel met with White House officials to lobby against tighter smog standards.

Earlier last week, lobbyists for the electric power, oil, automobile, and diesel engine industries met with OMB. Also sitting in on that meeting was a representative of Vice President Dick Cheney, long considered the go-to guy for big industries opposed to tougher environmental standards. … It’s pretty rare for someone with the Vice President to sit in on a meeting like this. It suggests that industry has really sought to elevate this politically.