Environment: Fishing For Leadership

Bush draws criticism for his slow responses to the global warming problem, the oil spill and other ecological threats

"I am an environmentalist," proclaimed President Bush during his campaign for the White House. Citing his love of the great outdoors and the pleasure he takes in hunting and fishing, the candidate made it clear that protecting the environment and wildlife from the ravages of pollution would be one of his top priorities. That stance raised great expectations among environmentalists, who had been suffering for eight years while President Reagan's neglect of conservation issues allowed many problems, from acid rain to toxic waste, to fester dangerously. But just four months into the Bush Administration, impatient nature lovers have begun to doubt...

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