Environment: Promotion to The Highest Level

The pollution fighters will gain the clout of Cabinet status

The U.S. is currently the only industrialized nation that has not raised its environmental agency to ministerial status. That has not only caused diplomatic awkwardness at many international meetings on such topics as global warming and ozone depletion but has also raised skepticism about George Bush's promise to be "an environmentalist" in the Oval Office. Last week, after months of wrangling within the Administration, Bush joined the movement to elevate the Environmental Protection Agency to a Cabinet-level department. Said the President: "The environmental challenges that face America and the world are so important that they must be addressed from the highest...

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