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E-M:/ Greenwire on Sustainability Conference; Pollack has "Quote of the Day"

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National Journal's GREENWIRE
The Environmental News Daily
Wednesday, May 5, 1999

======  QUOTE OF THE DAY  ======

"It's a term that politicians use to their own ends, and there's
a sector that has an interest in keeping it obscure."
--  Lana Pollack, director of the Michigan Environmental Council,
on the definition and use of the term "sustainable development."


======  SPOTLIGHT STORY  ======

     VP Al Gore took advantage of the National Town Meeting for a
Sustainable America yesterday in Detroit to push federal "smart
growth" initiatives and promote the "Livability Agenda" that is
proving central to his 2000 presidential campaign (Greenwire,
Apr. 7) (Terry M. Neal, Washington Post).
     Gore announced 47 new federal commitments, including plans
by the Transportation Dept. to launch a Transportation Livability
Initiative, and by the General Services Admin. to create a Center
of Expertise for Urban Development and Livability (Gore release,
May 4).  The proposals include $6 billion to help communities
develop alternatives to building more roads, and $700 million in
new tax credits for state and local bonds to build "more livable
communities" by preserving open spaces, building parks, improving
water quality and redeveloping brownfields (AP/New York
     The initiatives build on the relatively recent national
agenda of addressing "issues that appeal almost entirely to
suburbanites."  Gore and other Democrats are "talking of suburban
sprawl, traffic congestion and a need to preserve open space --
matters that are already playing prominently in state and local
political races" (Alison Mitchell, New York Times, May 4).
Though none of the other major presidential candidates are
focusing on "livability," Gore points to the more than 200
growth-control initiatives that appeared on ballots across the
country last year -- 70% of which were approved -- as evidence
that voters are looking to the government for solutions to
traffic congestion and destruction of natural resources (Neal,
Washington Post).
     On NPR's Morning Edition yesterday, Ed Kilgore of the
Democratic Leadership Council noted:  "I don't think there's any
question that right now the suburbs are the cockpit of American
politics. ... With the continued suburbanization of America,
that's going to be more important for most parties over the long
run" (John Nielson, May 4).  To access the audio version of the
May 4 program, click here.
     "Gore's challenge is to define" sustainable development,
says Lana Pollack, director of the Michigan Environmental
Council.  Pollack:  "It's a term that politicians use to their
own ends, and there's a sector that has an interest in keeping it
obscure" (Jeremy Pearce, Detroit News).
     At a separate meeting yesterday in Detroit, Gore urged top
auto executives to work with the White House on ways to improve
the fuel efficiency of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) (Keith
Bradsher, New York Times).  Officials from General Motors Corp.,
Ford Motor Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG "agreed to consider
adding" SUVs to the Partnership for New Generation Vehicles, a
government "supercar" project announced in 1994 that aims to
triple the gas mileage of popular vehicles by 2004.  But "a
number of questions remain before the auto makers will make a
firm commitment" to adding SUVs to the program.  Automakers may
push for "even lower" sulfur content in gasoline than the
standard proposed by the administration last week (Greenwire, May
3) (Bob Davis, Wall Street Journal). (All cites May 5 unless

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