Vice Pres. Al Gore accused GOP presidential frontrunner Gov. George W. Bush yesterday of letting Texas become the most polluted state in the nation, number one in toxic releases into the air, water, and soil, according to EPA numbers, and home to Houston, the city with the worst smog in the country. A Bush spokesperson dismissed Gore as having a “long history of weird and extreme environmental ideas,” including support for the Kyoto climate change treaty. Gore made his remarks at a fundraising lunch thrown for him by leading New York enviros, including Lawrence Rockefeller, who crossed party lines to endorse Gore, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The event was held in part to counter the endorsement that Friends of the Earth recently gave to Gore’s Democratic rival Bill Bradley.

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