Re "Opponents of 'Clear Skies' Bill Examined," Feb. 19: The Republicans' increasing hubris since the 2004 election is again evident in Sen. James Inhofe's (R-Okla.) direction that two national organizations that oppose President Bush's "clean air" initiative turn over their financial and tax records to the Senate. Inhofe is the leading sponsor of the administration bill, which is deadlocked in the Environment and Public Works Committee. This is a blatant attempt to intimidate critics of this measure but is not the only instance of such tactics. Think back to the House's brazen change in the ethics rules to protect House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and to the untruths unleashed during the recent campaign.
I hope that the new Iraqi government will not model itself after such tactics but will show our representatives in Washington how to govern responsibly.
When Vice President Cheney and his energy task force meet with a variety of energy lobbyists (including Enron) to draft energy policy, the administration refuses to even disclose whom they met with. Yet when two environmental organizations have the temerity to oppose Bush's Clear Skies Act, Inhofe orders up the tax records of those organizations in a blatant attempt to stifle the opposition. Such intimidation tactics demean the democracy that Inhofe professes to support.