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Issue 117 * February 22, 1996

The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
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Activities at the January 29 Environmental Policy Task Force meeting chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

Polls Show Conservatives,
Republicans Rank Low on Environment,
High on Regulatory Reform

Bob Adams and David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed 14 pages of polling data on environmental and regulatory issues showing how the public views the Republicans' and the President's record on these issues. They also distributed a January 24, 1996 Washington Post story summarizing the poll's findings. Ridenour summarized the survey as revealing that Republicans rank low on environmental issues but an overwhelming majority agree with conservative views on regulatory reform. Brian Seacholes noted that Competitive Enterprise Institute polling shows that over 70% of the public agreed with the conservative position that a private landowner should be compensated for losses due to endangered species legislation. Contact Bob Adams at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] and Brian Seascholes at 202/331-1010.

Federal Government Loses Money
on Timber Due to Inefficiency

David Ridenour distributed Talking Points on the Environment #19, "The Myth of Subsidized Timber Sales." The card says the U.S. Forest Service is losing money on timber sales due to bureaucratic inefficiency, not because timber sales are subsidized. Contact Bob Adams at (202) 507-6398 or or [email protected]

When We Have a Forest Fire,
It'll Be a Big One

Myron Ebell of Frontiers for Freedom discussed federal land management policies and how they affect communities, natural resource management, and the supply and prices of beef, lumber and other commodities. A sample comment: "180-190 [timber] mills have closed since the Spotted Owl was listed [and an endangered species]. How can you manage a forest without sawmills?... How can you manage a forest if you can't cut trees? It's being managed for fire!" Contact Myron Ebell at 703/527-8282.

Six Major Defects in Anti-Lead Regulations
Harm Children, Group Says

Pat Callahan of the National Association of Small Property Ownership distributed a two-page piece listing six major defects in anti-lead regulations. These defects, she said, harm children -- yet they cost property owners a fortune. This is especially damaging in the inner cities, she said, where entire rows of housing have been boarded-up unnecessarily. Contact Pat Callahan at 202/244-6277.

"Just Say No" to Subsidized Sports

Pat Callahan of the National Association of Small Property Ownership distributed an analysis published by her group of the costs and benefits to communities of subsidizing professional sports facilities. The piece, entitled "The High Cost of Subsidizing Sports," concludes: "It's time that big cities 'just say no' to this type of extortion." Contact Pat Callahan at 202/244-6277.

GOP and Conservatives Need a
"We Have a Better Way" Message
on the Environment

Charlie Ingram of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research discussed the marketing war between Republicans/conservatives and liberal environmentalists. Ingram said that Republicans are being trounced by the Sierra Club and its allies because the GOP does not have a coherent message on environmental issues. Ridenour agreed, saying, "Our only message on the environment has been 'help small business.' And that's not enough. Our message should also be: 'On health and safety issues, we have a better way.'" Contact Charlie Ingram at 202/463-5627 and David Ridenour at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected]

Honey, Let's Vacation at an
Old Factory This Year

Bruce Grefrath of the American Land Rights Association, Brian Seascholes of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Myron Ebell of Frontiers for Freedom discussed the continuing effort by some Republicans, including Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) to fund a new national "Heritage Areas" program. Heritage Areas are basically federal grants to local government planners, and they are opposed by many grassroots property rights groups because they fear the influx of federal money in the hands of professional planners and local governments would leave property owners outgunned when local planning decisions are made. Grefrath reported that grassroots opposition has been growing. Seascholes distributed a January 28, 1996 New York Times Magazine feature on a Heritage Area in Johnstown, Pennsylvania at a closed steel mill. According to the Times, the Heritage Area is funded and maintained to draw tourists to the mill, and Heritage Area advocates are "betting that the factories where cannons were forged can be as compelling as the battlefields where they were fired." Contact Brian Seascholes at 202/331-1010, Bruce Grefrath at 202/544-6156, Myron Ebell at 703/527-8282.

Activities at the February 15 Stanton foreign affairs meeting chaired by Laszlo Pasztor of Coalitions for America and Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

Will U.S. Foreign Aid to South Africa
End Up in Fidel Castro's Hands?

Dr. Emilio-Adolfo Rivero of the New Cuba Coalition discussed breaking events in Cuba and S. 381, the Helms-Burton Cuban Democracy Act. Rivero also noted that Castro is asking South African President Nelson Mandela for money. "We should warn Mandela that any aid he gives to Castro [will be met with a concomitant] decrease in U.S. aid to Mandela's government," Rivero said. Contact Dr. Rivero at 301/927-2167 or by e-mail at [email protected]

PRC Uses Veiled Nuclear Blackmail Against U.S.

General Milnor Roberts (Ret.) of High Frontier and Dr. Jerry Ko discussed the People's Republic of China's nuclear threats against the U.S. The PRC's goal, Dr. Ko said, is to block Taiwan from becoming truly independent and to influence elections in Taiwan. Mr. Xing Zheng of the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars distributed 1) a letter to President Clinton to request U.S. support for a U.N. resolution on human rights abuses in the PRC and 2) a statement to the U.S. Congress supporting an appropriation for a Radio Free Asia. Zheng discussed human rights abuses in the PRC is some detail. Contact General Roberts/Dr. Ko at 703/671-4111 and Xing Zheng at 202/347-8528.

State Department Casts Blind Eye
to Problems Faced by Americans in Mexico

Captain Tim Hunter of State Department Watch distributed a letter asking House and Senate leaders to ask the State Department why it has refused to reply to a letter from State Department Watch drawing attention to problems faced by Americans in Mexico. The letter lists five major problems. Hunter said his group has had great success getting media coverage but no success getting the State Department to acknowledge, let alone seek to correct, these problems. Contact Tim Hunter at 202/669-5558.

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