Gorby the Green Warrior

Moving from the cold war to global warming, the former Soviet leader searches for a new role

AT A TIME WHEN THE ENVIRONmental movement seems in desperate need of a champion, the most likely candidates have gone AWOL. Vice President Al Gore, the author of Earth in the Balance, has strayed to other issues as he tries to keep up with Hillary and the pack of FOBs in the hyperactive Clinton Administration. Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland devoted much of the 1980s to helping develop a global ecological agenda, but her reputation has plummeted since Norway resumed commercial whaling in defiance of an international ban.

Now into the breach strides Mikhail Gorbachev, who is once again a...

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