House Republicans are gearing up to ridicule Al Gore for his environmental leanings, hoping to make him the butt of late-night TV jokes just as Dan Quayle was. Today, several conservative House members plan to read on the House floor what they consider to be the most controversial sections of Gore’s 1992 book Earth in the Balance. Republicans are also working to kill a Gore plan that would spend $32 million to have a live video image of the Earth transmitted 24 hours a day on the Internet, pointing out that a number of websites already carry pictures of the Earth. Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas), who is spearheading the effort to mock Gore, has also made fun of Gore’s plan to create a federal traffic hotline, and Armey’s aides are preparing a memo for Republicans that will help them attack Gore’s anti-sprawl campaign.

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