Consumers, Scientists, And Industry Author: Henry I. Miller.

The 1992 "Biodiversity Treaty," rejected by the Bush administration but signed by President Clinton, faces opposition to ratification in the Republican-controlled Senate. But the treaty, a lose-lose proposition for United States consumers, scientists, and industry alike, is a bad idea that won't die. It remains high on the administration's agenda. Speaking at Stanford University on April 26, Tim Wirth, undersecretary of state for global affairs, said it has the "top priority among all treaties" and agreements awaiting confirmation. Moreover, Vice President Al Gore is known to be willing to make almost any political deal for its approval.

The treaty (more formally, the Convention on Biological Diversity) addresses a broad spectrum of issues related to the protection of biological diversity. These include the conservation of habitats in developing nations and the availability of resources to make this possible. The treaty was conceived as...

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