Commentary: Business And The Greens Share Common Ground

It's hard to imagine two Presidential administrations further apart on issues of the environment and public lands than those of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In his final days in office, Clinton infuriated development advocates in the West by effectively banning logging on 60 million acres of national forest--an area bigger than all the national parks combined. Now, Bush is horrifying environmentalists by reaffirming his campaign promise to permit oil and gas drilling in Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Environmentalists see a battle of green vs. greenbacks. Their opponents like to cite a bawdy T-shirt slogan: "If two kids can have sex in the backseat of a car, why does the spotted owl need 50,000 acres?"

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