The Fiasco at Rio

The Fiasco at Rio

Any time environmentalism is a big issue in the news, it’s not to our benefit.” So revealed a Bush campaign strategist to the Wall Street Journal at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero last June.

During the conference, third world and European nations alike criticized the isolated Bush administration’s refusal to sign a treaty that would better conserve the world’s diminishing animal and plant species. Germany, filling the leadership vacuum, pressed for radically stronger limits on carbon dioxide emissions to restrain global warming. Japan pledged a considerable expansion of its foreign aid budget to fund environmental programs in poor nations and seemed surprised that the United States offered so little.

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