Bonner Cohen of EPA Watch and Kathryn McMichael of the National School Boards Association reviewed EPA Administrator Carol Browner's announcement of a major new initiative to protect children from environmental risks. The new plan includes taxpayer funding of two new centers to research children's susceptibility to (according to an EPA statement): asthma, tobacco smoke, lead poisoning, living within four miles of a toxic waste dump, food and fluids, crawling on the floor and playing outside. "The potential for regulations [based on this new initiative] running amuck is limitless," said Cohen. McMichael expressed concern that the EPA will burden local school districts, already strapped for funds, with new regulations. Cohen also reported on rumors that EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner will resign her Cabinet position in 1997 to run for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Senator Bob Graham (D). Most likely, Cohen said, Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee for the seat. Cohen also reported that Rep. Bill Richardson (D-NM) is an early favorite as her replacement. Contact Bonner Cohen at 202/739-0179 or Kathy McMichael at 703/838-6782.
David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed copies of The National Center's new "Directory of Environmental Scientists and Economists" and "National Directory of Environmental and Regulatory Victims" The former lists the names and biographies of 144 scientists, economists and other experts in 27 environmental disciplines in an easy-to-use format so journalists, columnists and talk show hosts can easily find experts available to separate fact from fiction in the environmental policy debate. The latter a contains over one hundred real-life stories of people adversely affected by excessive regulation Copies of the directories are free to the media. Contact David Ridenour or Bob Adams at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]
John Shanahan of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution reviewed the expenditures of eight major environmental establishment PACS in the 1995-96 election cycle. He noted that 90.3% of this PAC money spent to help specific candidates went to support Democrats, 6.7% to help Republicans, and 3% to help independents such as Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Shanahan's findings are available in AdTI Issue Brief #136, which he authored. Contact John Shanahan at 703/351-4969 or by e-mail at [email protected] or visit the AdTI web site at http://www.schoolreport.com/AdTI.
Dana Joel of Citizens for a Sound Economy briefed participants on CSE's new campaign to modernize America's approach to environmental protection with a five-step "principles for change" project. The principles include making the federal government result-oriented, prioritizing environmental problems, managing resources on a site- and situation-specific basis, reestablishing respect for private property and respecting the importance of a dynamic economy. She distributed brochures and a 26 minute video CSE is distributing via cable TV. Contact Dana Joel at 202/783-3870.
Dr. Fred Singer of the Science and Environmental Policy Project reported on recent activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including its release of a report on climate change which concluded, very vaguely, that humans may have some impact on climate. Singer called that conclusion too vague to be meaningful, yet reported that the Clinton Administration is using this as proof of the need for a new energy use-reduction policy. Singer said that advocates of basing policy on theories are essentially arguing against empirical science in favor of speculation. Singer distributed copies of op/eds he has had published recently and announced an article he has completed on climate issues will appear in a forthcoming National Review. Contact Dr. Singer at (703)934-6940.
Jonathan Adler of the Competitive Enterprise Institute distributed a report he wrote on the specifics of big foundation donations to -- and control of -- the establishment environmental movement. Environmental groups, he estimates, have revenues of nearly one-half billion dollars annually, and at least a dozen environmental groups have annual budgets over $20 million, of which 20% comes from members. Adler also discussed tensions among environmentalists, not all of whom appreciate the fact that grantmaking foundations have a tremendous influence on their agendas. Adler also has written a book on the funding of the environmental movement, "Environmentalism at the Crossroads," with a preface by John Stossel of ABC, available from Capital Research Center at 202/393-2600. Contact Jonathan Adler at 202/331-1010 or send e-mail to [email protected]
Jim Sheehan of the Competitive Enterprise Institute reported that in Clinton Administration circles there is a new politically-correct term for starving people: "food insecure people." He reported that the World Food Summit will convene next week in Rome and that a major objective of summit participants is "population stabilization." Contact Jim Sheehan at 202/331-1010.
David Almasi of Defenders of Property Rights reviewed Bennett v. Spears, a case the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on November 13. In this case, he said, a lower court ruled that cases cannot be brought under the Endangered Species Act alleging harm to human beings, only harm to "species." Contact David Almasi at 202/686-4197.
Following a statement by Reverend Jesse Jackson (reported in the November 8 Hotline), calling on President Clinton to stick to first term practice of making Cabinet appointments based on race, ethnicity and gender and asking him not to appoint any Republicans to the Cabinet, Edmund Peterson, chairman of the African-American group Project 21, has released a statement. It reads: "I guess Reverend Jackson believes diversity is fine as long as it doesn't include Republicans. Reverend Jackson is just shifting the standard to 'Republicans need not apply' from the past when the signs read 'blacks need not apply.'" The standard should be whoever is most qualified gets the job. With the victory of Proposition 209 to eliminate racial and gender preferences in the California state government, American citizens have shown their willingness to end the kind of bigotry Jackson and his followers seem to endorse and find acceptable." Contact Edmund Peterson via Arturo Silva at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]
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