The recent Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero may have raised worldwide consciousness on the seriousness of global environmental problems, but it did not raise a lot of cash to study and act against the problems. So, environmental scientists in the United States should not expect to see a flood of new funding or a preponderance of new research directives in the wake of the June meeting, according to environmental policy experts.
There are budget difficulties in Congress. There is a presidential election looming. And many Washington, D.C., observers also report that there is a power struggle among diverse components of the executive branch--including the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the vice president's Council on Competitiveness--over who will translate the summit agreements into action.
Moreover, the real story coming out of the summit, according to many who attended, is that the "new world order" in...
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