WASHINGTON -- President Bush's top environmental adviser has sharply criticized the administration's handling of the recent Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saying it was slow to engage crucial issues, late in assembling a delegation and unwilling to devote sufficient resources to the meeting.
The criticism by William K. Reilly, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the chief of the U.S. delegation at Rio, was made in a memorandum that he circulated to 12,000 agency employees two weeks ago.
"For me personally, it was like a bungee jump," Mr. Reilly said in the memorandum. "You dive into space secured by a line on your leg and trust it pulls you up before you smash into he ground. It doesn't typically occur to you that someone might cut your line."