Greens Flip Over Turtles

In defending wildlife, enviros have made free trade the enemy. But will they ever be the same?

At first glance, the confrontation at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif., last February seemed familiar enough. Inside, two pro-business think tanks, the Brookings Institution and the World Affairs Council of Northern California, treated the Silicon Valley elite to chicken with mango sauce and a speech by a distinguished guest. Outside, environmental activists from the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and the Green Party chanted their disapproval.

But the protesters' slogans didn't hit any of the stock environmental notes: the vanishing forests, the disappearing ozone, the timidity of the Environmental Protection Agency. Instead the activists aimed their hey hey, ho...

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