Global Warming: The Heat's On Bill

Clinton searches for a middle ground where there may be none

During the 1992 campaign, Bill Clinton and Al Gore vowed to have the most environmentally friendly administration in history. Five years later, after pledging to lead the world in the fight against global warming, the Administration has gotten cold feet. In a June 26 address to the second U.N. Earth Summit, Clinton planned to duck setting specific targets for reducing greenhouse gases in the U.S., though he has to set a number by December. His dithering has prompted European leaders to cry foul. In his first U.N. speech, British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned: "No country can opt out of global warming or fence in its own private climate."

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