Springlike weather in Washington Wednesday turned the mind of Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, to baseball - and he used its jargon to throw a beanball at President Bush for his stands on the environment.

Owens said of former college baseball star Bush, "Since we put him on the mound, his delivery and follow through on promises to protect our environment have left the bases loaded and he's hoping for an acid rain out."When the president pitched for clean air, we got a knuckleball."

He added, "Then his manager, Mr. (John) Sununu, told the president to balk on his own call for no net loss of wetlands.

"The president then threw a curve on global warming which was far wide of the plate."

Owens finished with a parody of the poem "Casey at Bat."

"Somewhere in this favored land, the sun is shining bright, the band is playing somewhere, . . . somewhere hearts are light, but there's no joy in Washington because our president prefers to play on artificial turf."