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Re: E-M:/ No more national lands under Bush



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Enviro-Mich message from William Tobler <wtobler@tdi.net>
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The subject article can be found at:

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-363es.html

The original posting had a typographical error.



"Tamilyn H. Sanderson" wrote:
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> Enviro-Mich message from "Tamilyn H. Sanderson" <sirdufus@freeway.net>
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> This is Michigan related due to Michigan National Lands
> 
> >For Immediate Release
> >February 20, 2000
> >From REP America (Republicans for Environmental Protection)
> >
> >
> >Imagine a strip mall at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Imagine a gated condo
> >development in Yosemite with "Private - Keep Out!" signs. Imagine the
> >Everglades turned into a sugar plantation. Imagine an advertising slogan on
> >the Lincoln Memorial.
> >
> >    Impossible to imagine? Not if one of Governor George W. Bush’s senior
> >policy advisers has his way. "How and Why to Privatize Federal Lands" is
> the
> >title of a proposal published in November, 1999 by Terry Anderson, who
> works
> >for a hard-right think tank, the Political Economy Research Center.
> >
> >    Bush's adviser isn't kidding. He would sell off all our federal lands.
> >Our national parks. Our national forests. Our national wildlife refuges.
> Our
> >national monuments. Our protected seashores. The vast wilderness of Alaska.
> >The majestic mountains of California. Valley Forge, Gettysburg and other
> >battlefields where America’s heroes won her freedom and preserved her
> union.
> >The military lands where tomorrow’s heroes prepare now to defend her. Every
> >square inch of land the federal government owns would be sold off to the
> >highest bidder.
> >
> >Everything.
> >
> >    Bush's adviser couches his proposal in the language of theoretical
> >economics, ignoring the real-world mix of politics and money. Yet the
> >possibilities for fraud in his scheme boggle the mind. America's vast
> natural
> >heritage would be sold off in a frenzy of speculation by special interests.
> >Our nation’s crown jewels, protected now for over a century, would suddenly
> >be gone. The biological riches patiently accumulated by nature would be
> >frittered away for quick cash—all in the name of "conservatism."
> >
> >But the scheme proposed by Bush's adviser isn't "conservatism." Quite the
> >opposite! It would give the federal government unfettered license to
> squander
> >our resources on a scale that liberal politicians could not conceive of in
> >their wildest dreams.
> >
> >The true path of conservatism, an honorable tradition carried out so well
> by
> >Theodore Roosevelt a century ago, should seek to conserve the public lands
> >that protect America’s natural heritage and preserve her history. Nobody
> >should squander that heritage for short-term gain.
> >
> >
> >Republicans for Environmental Protection has two questions for Governor
> Bush.
> >Do you support your adviser’s outlandish proposal? And will you carry out
> his
> >plans if you become President of the United States?
> >
> >The people who own America’s great public lands deserve an answer. Now. Not
> >after the election.
> >
> >Martha A. Marks, Ph.D.
> >President
> >REP America (Republicans for Environmental Protection)
> >PO Box 7073
> >Deerfield IL 60015
> >847-940-0320
> >www.repamerica.org
> >
> >
> >NOTES:
> >
> >A National Journal article dated August 6, 1999, by Margaret Kriz, called
> "A
> >few hints of green" lists George W. Bush’s environmental advisors
> including:
> >
> >"Terry L. Anderson, Executive Director of PERC
> >
> >Anderson, 53, is the Executivie Director of the Political Economy Research
> >Center, a free-market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, MT. He is
> >also an economics professor at Montana State University and a senior fellow
> >at the Hoover Institution at Staford University. Anderson is known for
> >producing numerous publications outlining conservative approaches to
> >preserving open lands and endangered species."
> >
> >
> >2. Anderson’s proposal to sell off and commercialize all federal lands can
> be
> >found on the web site of the Cato Institute:
> >www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-362es.html
> >
> >Republicans for Environmental Protection will be happy to supply a printed
> >copy, if desired.
> >
> >
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