Bush to meet with Gov. Davis on California electricity crisis

US President George W. Bush and California Gov. Gray Davis "definitely" will meet next week to discuss the energy crisis in that state, but details, including where and when, are still to be worked out, a representative in the governor's media office said Thursday.


Sam Fletcher
OGJ Online

HOUSTON, May 24 -- US President George W. Bush and California Gov. Gray Davis "definitely" will meet next week to discuss the energy crisis in that state, but details, including where and when, are still to be worked out, a representative in the governor's media office said Thursday.

"It probably will be a one-on-one meeting" between just the two executives, the spokeswoman told OGJ Online.

The White House said Thursday it had no additional details on the proposed meeting that Ari Fleischer, press secretary, announced Wednesday during a press briefing.

President Bush is scheduled Tuesday to tour the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton, near Oceanside, Calif., where he is to discuss a plan for energy conservation at government facilities "to help ease the burden in California as they go through the summer months, when demand is high and blackouts are most at risk," Fleischer said at that briefing.

Afterwards, Bush is to speak on the economy at Los Angeles World Affairs Council in Los Angeles before flying to Fresno overnight and returning to Washington late Wednesday.

"During his visit to California, the president has invited Gov. Davis to meet with him, to get together to talk about issues important to California including, of course, energy. The president looks forward to meeting with Gov. Davis," Fleischer said.

California sources reported that Davis called the White House on Tuesday night to propose a meeting specifically to discuss energy problems with Bush. That was followed Wednesday by two letters from Davis calling for more immediate action to resolve the energy crisis in his state.

Fleischer said there is probably a mutual desire for such a meeting. "California is a very big state. It represents one-sixth of the US and is the sixth largest economy in the world," he said.

Davis and other California Democrats have strongly criticized the Bush administration for not taking quicker action to help channel more electric power into that state while simultaneously reducing escalating energy costs.

Contact Sam Fletcher at samf@ogjonline.com

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