Watching Government: More, better, faster

The US Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator Mike Leavitt struck a conciliatory tone in his inaugural speech to employees and reporters earlier this month. Outlining a 500-day "action plan" to improve air quality, the former Utah governor said he wants to replace conflict with common sense and collaboration."Real environmental problem-solving takes place in the productive center, not at the emotional extremes," he said. "The productive center is the place where the best ideas compete and a fair process for decision-making exists."Wrapping upHe cited his work with the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) as an example of successful collaboration; WRAP's state, fede...

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