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Enviro-Mich message from "Frank Ambrose" <fambrose@bloomington.in.us>
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> We were at the McCain meeting in Traverse City this morning and he totally
> blew off concerns about his record on the environment and Human rights. He
> told us that we were just "white people" and are meddling in issues that
are
> not our own when we attempt to defend Native American people. There was at
> least one Native American in our group and she was totally offended. He is
a
> racist that showed his true colors when people tried to call him on the
> carpet. He is totally unapologetic when it comes to concerns with the
> environment (he has no moral problem with bowing down to the coal
interests
> and allow strip mining of Native American ancestral land).
>
> As to having a set up show: He had several busloads of people come in and
> fill the hall and ask softball questions. He is as much a fraud as Bush or
> Gore or Bradley.
>
> Frank Ambrose
>
> PS-He also said that we could fix the problem with racism in our
communities
> with the military. Last time I checked, they were one of the more racist
> institutions around: always doing intense recruiting in low income,
African
> american communities, etc.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Alex J. Sagady & Associates <ajs@sagady.com>
> To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
> Sent: February 20, 2000 1:44 PM
> Subject: E-M:/ It's McCAIN on Tuesday
>
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> > Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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> >
> > Come Tuesday, I'm going to pull the lever for JOHN McCAIN....  because
> > I think it is the only real and pragmatic option available for
Michigan's
> > environmental
> > and conservation activist community.
> >
> > I think the recent endorsement of McCain by former Governor William
> > Milliken, who has longstanding deep and abiding respect in Michigan's
> > environmental community,
> > probably clinched it for me.
> >
> > There is much in McCain's record and in his positions in which I do not
> > agree.   Although he has a low League of Conservation Voters  score,
> > (see http://www.lcv.org/presidential/mccain.htm     )
> > his record apparently shows
> > that he really cared about the environmental and conservation issues in
> > his own state and did the right thing much of the time on those counts.
> That
> > at least tells me something about the inner man and his connection to
> > the environment in his own home state.
> >
> > McCain's banner promotion of campaign finance reform in the
> McCain-Feingold
> > bill is one of his biggest selling points to the environmental
community.
> It
> > is long past time that the corrosive effect that corporate soft money
is
> > having
> > be ended.   Many of our longstanding environmental problems, and many
> other
> > societal problems for that matter, may not be solved until we have the
> kind of
> > political reform that campaign finance reform will bring.   McCain's
voice
> > on this has been the longest and most consistent in the Congress.
> >
> > I also find McCain's candor and honesty refreshing.   His public
demeanor
> > does not seem to be a phony  stage-managed creation of campaign
> > consultants.   His
> > manner this way reminds me of Barry Goldwater (someone who I learned to
> > respect well after the fact of his prominence in American politics).
> >
> > McCain's recent commitment to eschew negative television advertising
also
> > impresses me.   I think that such negative ads turn millions off to
voting
> > participation
> > in politics and our democracy.
> >
> > Michigan environmentalists and conservationists do have a strong
interest
> in
> > seeing that George W. Bush NOT be elected president.    Bush's brief
reign
> > in Texas shows that he gives the industrial polluters a free reign down
> there.
> > Bush's hallmark is to make environmental/public health protection an
> > optional, voluntary
> > matter....much like the Engler-Harding philosophy.   There have even
been
> > rumors that Russell Harding, Michigan DEQ chief, is in line to be
> appointed
> > as head of the EPA should Bush win the presidency.    Harding would be,
> > no doubt, much worse in that position than even Ann Gorsuch was during
the
> > Reagan Administration.
> >
> > The latest from the Bush Administration in Texas is that he wants to
> > construct privately held
> > luxury hotels in Texas state parks (see below).    This is the way the
guy
> > thinks --- anything that big business, developers and right wing
> foundations
> > want him to do --- just like John Engler.   For more on the Bush record
in
> > Texas, see:
> >
> > http://www.txpeer.org/bush/index.html
> >
> > and
> >
> > http://www.lcv.org/presidential/bush.htm
> >
> > and
> >
> > the press release section at
> > http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/tx/
> >
> > =========================
> >
> > Texas PEER release on Bush's plans for Texas state parks.....
> >
> > Reply-To: <acarufel@peer.org>
> > From: "Amanda Carufel" <acarufel@peer.org>
> > To: <peermail@envirolink.org>
> > Subject: PEER PRESSure
> > Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 09:09:36 -0500
> >
> > Sender: owner-peermail@envirolink.org
> >
> >
> > BUSH PLANS FOR PRIVATIZING STATE PARKS
> >
> > Luxury " Nature Lodges" Slated for 24 Parks
> > (Austin) In a quiet move to convert the state park and wildlife system
> into
> > a for-profit operation, Governor George W. Bush has sent out requests
for
> > proposal for the construction of 24 privately-managed "nature lodging"
> > projects to hoteliers and resort developers, according to documents
> released
> > today by Texas PEER. Targeted parks include the crown jewels of the
state
> > system, such as Davis Mountains, Big Bend Ranch, Guadalupe River,
> Pedernales
> > Falls, the newly acquired Chinati Mountain lands of West Texas as well
as
> > wildlife management areas containing habitat for threatened and
endangered
> > species.
> >
> > Project configuration will be up to developers, but other "nature
> lodgings"
> > built by the solicited companies feature hotels with rooms renting for
> $200
> > a night, conference centers, restaurants and shops. Besides the primary
> > purpose of revenue production, nature lodging is supposed to combine
> contact
> > with nature and comfortable accommodations.
> >
> > In a recent University of Texas survey of state wildlife managers, six
out
> > of seven opposed the nature lodging concept because it detracted from
> > wildlife conservation and research. Several of the targeted parks are
> > already struggling to reduce human impacts upon threatened resident
> species.
> >
> > Noting that Texas has less than three percent of its lands set aside in
> > public parks and reserves, Texas PEER Staff Scientist Dean Keddy-Hector,
a
> > former zoologist with the Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife,
commented:
> > "Putting hotels in critical wildlife habitats evidences a leadership
> > profoundly unclear on the concept of conservation. This is an
> irresponsible
> > plan to 'Disney-fy' the few remaining patches of Texas wild lands."
> >
> > The Bush plan to transform public parks into privately managed revenue
> > centers follows the prescriptions of conservative think tanks such as
the
> > Cato Institute.
> > ***********************************************************************
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> >
> >
> >
>
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