CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Do you think Al Gore is rushing for his laptop? U.S. EPA Administrator Steve Johnson, a Bush appointee, will be online at 2:45 p.m. today fielding questions from the public. He says he wants to discuss climate change, energy efficiency and the EPA budget. This is WHERE you can ask him what's on your mind.
This is what I sent the EPA's boss: "Have you seen Al Gore's movie? Did you find it informative? Should it receive an Oscar? Has President Bush watched the movie? Thanks." Not holding my breath for answers. If there's a response, I'll let everyone know.
The questioning is part of a White House communication initiative called "Ask the White House," which allows the public to submit inquiries to top administration officials via an interactive forum. Some of the transcripts of previous sessions are posted, and they are pretty stiff and formal without much inside info. Mostly a sales job for policies and policy moves.
However, there's always a chance that somebody might break the spin cycle. Maybe Johnson? He's headed the agency since 2005 and started out as a biologist from a small college in Indiana. He has 25 years with EPA, and was a high-ranking manager during the Clinton years.
[UPDATE: It looks like Steve Johnson pulled the plug. Johnson's transcript is HERE He didn't say anything about Al Gore's movie. Pesky bloggers? But he did acknowledge that climate change is caused by man, and said he supports the science. You have to look hard to find that, but it is there.]