The president's remarks while in Australia went unreported on the www.whitehouse.gov site, and in the NY Times online (and presumably elsewhere). Instead, some less controversial statements were archived there. One article (one of few, see below) found in the Sydney Morning Herald summarizes the speech, which it appears was a concession to a growing internet lobby on the subject of global warming.
Perhaps by spreading this information through the internet, it will become difficult for Clinton to duck the issue, and his own statements about it, when he's at home and closer to the powerful automobile and petrochemical industry lobbies.
a quick Nexis search reveals that the story was sent over the wires on Reuters and UPI. It also seems to have been picked up by papers in France and Germany. In the US, the Houston Chronicle picked it up, though it was buried in a longer article: "Before heading to the water, Clinton made an environmental pitch at a park near the Great Daintree Rain Forest. 'I call upon the commonwealth of nations to agree to legally binding commitments to fight climate change,' the president said. 'We must stand together against the threat of global warming.'" Nancy Mathis, "Clinton not itching for another fight; Latest donations report dogs president on visit to Australia," The Houston Chronicle, November 22, 1996, A31. USA Today, of all papers, gave it pretty good coverage in a 421 word piece. Bill Nichols, "Clinton set for Asian summit Will focus on environment on final day in Australia," USA TODAY, November 22, 1996, 4A.
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