Endangered Earth U.S. Agenda Government Get Going, Mr.Bush

Rich and profligate, America can spur conservation in countless ways

A new American role in world affairs, that of bystander, has been defined by the Bush Administration's reaction to two epochal events. But while it may be wise for the U.S. to refrain from meddling too much in Eastern Europe's current upheaval, the global environmental crisis cries out for presidential leadership. Michael Deland, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, admits that "this country is the most wasteful on the face of this earth."

Candidate Bush produced fine environmental rhetoric, but this commitment has gradually given way to mixed signals and throat clearing. Lack of federal leadership has led...

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