Thatcher had been in awe of her fellow free market apostle Reagan, but the two world leaders would diverge on the issue of the environment.
By 1988, the American president had served the maximum two terms in office. George H. W. Bush, his likely successor would, enthusiastically mount the climate bandwagon, despite being a fellow Republican.
History suggests, however, that leaders in America and Europe, about to face their electorate, remained deeply concerned about the environment. Yet after taking office, these leaders became far more interested in creating jobs and the prosperity of the economy.