The White House Vs. The Greenhouse

Reversing course, the Clintonites get behind emission controls

Last month's call by the U.S. for mandatory limits on pollutants that can lead to global warming has sent shock waves through the American energy industry. As the world's largest producer of greenhouse gases, the U.S. had long opposed mandatory reductions. On July 17, however, Timothy E. Wirth, the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, surprised industry observers and environmentalistswitha dramatic reversal at a U.N. climate change meeting in Geneva.

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