Will The System Defeat Al Gore?

ONE OF THE FIRST WORLD LEADERS TO SEEK AN AUDIENCE with Vice President Albert Gore is, naturally enough, Norway's Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who headed the World Commission on Environment and Development. Brundtland's mission, however, could not be more environmentally incorrect. She wants her buddy from the Earth Summit in Rio to promise that the U.S. won't take punitive economic measures against Norway, which plans to defy an international moratorium on whaling.

Brundtland's humiliating mission is like an environmental version of the ghost of Christmas future: four years from now the Vice President may find himself in a similarly uncomfortable...

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