G.O.P. HEARS NATURE'S CALL

THE PARTY SCRAMBLES ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

LAST YEAR THE REPUBLICAN FRESHMEN rolled into Washington toting the Contract with America and vowing to dilute and roll back decades of laws and regulations, including those aimed at ensuring clean air, clean water and unsullied wilderness areas. But because they misread popular sentiment on the environment, the G.O.P. took a beating in the polls on this issue. Now as many as 91 House Republicans are voting with the Democrats on environmental measures. Shortly after the House reconvenes this week, Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to announce the formation of a task force to review the Republican approach to the environment;...

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