June 6, 1997
Contact: Chad Cowan at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]
The Environmental Policy Task Force is sponsoring a demonstration on the White House sidewalk (the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.) Monday, June 9, at 9:00 a.m. The demonstration will feature "Clinton's Homeless," a group including a rancher, a farmer, a timber worker, a fisherman and a miner. The demonstrators will implore the President to end his administration's environmental policies that devastate families and harm children by forcing hard working Americans out of jobs.
"The Clinton administration's record on environmental reform has been horrendous both for working families with children and the environment," said Chad Cowan of the Environmental Policy Task Force. "The environmental policies implemented by this administration have forced thousands of people, including farmers, ranchers, miners, timber workers, and fishermen out of work."
Among "Clinton's Homeless" will be David Rainey, a timber worker for Boise Cascade in Oregon, who will lose his job later this year as a result of the federal government's Columbia River Basin Ecosystem Management Project (CRBEMP). The CRBEMP has shut down timber production on public lands, forcing the timber mill that employs Rainey to shut down one shift, leaving numerous children with parents who are out of work.
Mr. Rainey is from Elgin, Oregon, a small mill town of 1,200 people. Over 400 of the townspeople are employed at the mill, while the remaining townspeople are mostly spouses and children. Mr. Rainey, along with many others in Elgin, has no idea what he and his family will do when he no longer has a job at the mill. Mr. Rainey will be available to comment to members of the media.
"Many of the children in Elgin look out in their backyards, where there are diseased trees, and ask their parents why the dead trees are not able to be cut down," said Laura Cleland of the Oregon Lands Coalition. "These children instinctively understand that dead trees among healthy trees is a recipe for disastrous forest fires."
The Environmental Policy Task Force is a project of The National Center for Public Policy Research, a non-profit, non-partisan education foundation and resource center located in Washington, D.C. The Task Force was established to find and promote innovative, workable solutions to environmental problems - solutions that minimize the suffering of working Americans while still protecting the environment.
To arrange interviews, learn more about the White House demonstration, or for more information about the Environmental Policy Task Force, contact Chad Cowan at (202) 543-4110 or [email protected] More information about the Environmental Policy Task Force is also available on the world wide web at http://www.nationalcenter.org.