Leaders of green groups are pushing Pres. Clinton to put his money where his mouth is on trade and the environment. In a letter to the prez, the enviros praise his recent speeches about the importance of including environmental and labor concerns in trade matters, but they say his words have been contradicted by action within his own administration. U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, for example, last month decided to fight an order by a federal judge giving enviros the right to participate in two industry committees that advise her on trade in wood and paper products. The green leaders are calling for enviro and union representation on all industry advisory committees on trade. They are also asking that the trade representative be required to solicit public comment before intervening at the World Trade Organization or engaging with foreign governments over proposed changes in environmental, health, or labor standards.
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