Well, it's election time, and - for environmentalists, at
least - time for a reality check.
As most will remember, the
Club endorsed Bill Clinton in his successful 1992 challenge
to George Bush, the self-proclaimed environmental president.
And while President Clinton's record on green issues has
been decidedly mixed - strong serve, weak follow-through,
impressive late rally - many environmentalists inside and
outside the Club can neither forget nor forgive last year's
about-face on the logging without laws salvage rider, which
resulted in untold damage to millions of acres of public
forests in the Pacific Northwest.
On the other hand, the president's Republican challenger,
Citizen Bob Dole of Kansas, was until recently the Senate
majority leader, and along with House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
one of the two highest-ranking Republicans in the dastardly
104th Congress. This, lest we forget, was a Congress whose
agenda brimmed with anti-environmental assaults on
everything from clean air and water to wilderness and
endangered species - assaults that might have succeeded but
for critical Clinton vetoes.
Nevertheless, it's tempting to view the major party
candidates in light of our previous expectations - high for
Clinton, non-existent for Dole - rather than on the merits.
Here, for the record, is a look at their records.
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