Trade and the environment

US President Bill Clinton has jeopardized economic growth by signing an executive order that requires environmental reviews for trade agreements. The potential harm to energy demand means trouble for the oil and gas industry.Timing makes clear the political motives behind Clinton's move. He signed the order Nov. 16 as word was spreading about environmental protests planned for this week's World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. The order thus polishes his environmentalist record for critics who think he hasn't been aggressive enough. The criticism has been a problem for the presidential ambitions of Vice-Pres. Al Gore, who announced the order in Seattle.Veto powerIn his anno...

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