The Green Factor

Does protecting the planet destroy jobs? Bush says yes, Clinton says no, and their running mates fight it out on the stump

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE "ENVIronmental President"? In 1988 Vice President Bush vowed to combat the greenhouse effect with the "White House effect," and mercilessly attacked Michael Dukakis for his failure to clean up Boston Harbor. But last June, President Bush played Scrooge at the Earth Summit in Brazil. In September he visited timber country in the Pacific Northwest, where he promised to lift a court-imposed injunction that has halted logging in federally owned ancient forests. His Interior Department is planning to open national forests to private strip mining. What happened between 1988 and 1992? Politics happened.

While the Administration has not...

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