It's Nature, Stupid

In the owls-vs.-jobs conflict, Clinton says it's not just the economy that matters

For three months, a team of bleary-eyed scientists, sociologists and economists was sequestered behind an unmarked door on the 14th floor of the U.S. Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon, working 14-hour days, seven days a week, amid a welter of maps, coffee cups and stale pizza. Their mission, direct from the President: explore every conceivable option for preserving the Northwest's ancient forests and its wildlife, while saving whatever can be saved of the once proud and productive timber industry.

That mission may have been virtually impossible, judging from the outraged reaction to the unveiling last week of Bill Clinton's long-awaited timber...

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