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E-M:/ Sierra Club Press Release - Hold Bush Accountable on Arsenic and Global Warming Reversal

Enviro-Mich message from "Daniel Farough" <daniel.farough@sierraclub.org>

Hi all,

Below is a press release on President Bush's Arsenic and Global Warming
reversal sent out today.  Radio Ads begin running in Lansing asking people
of the 08 congressional district to call Rep. Mike Rogers to tell Bush to
listen to public interests not the special interests.

News from
Michigan Sierra Club
109 East Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906 Phone (517) 484-2372 Fax (517)

For Immediate Release                                   		CONTACT:
March 29, 2001                                               		Daniel
Farough 517-484-2372


Radio Ads Turn Up Heat on Congress for President's Irresponsible
Environmental Policies
Mr. Rogers needs to tell Pres. Bush ‘Not in my Neighborhood’

LANSING, MI The Sierra Club today launched radio ads aimed at encouraging
Congressman Mike Rogers to press President Bush over his recent
irresponsible attacks on the environment. Running in Michigan and eight
other states, the ads focus on President Bush's decision against reducing
cancer-causing arsenic in Americans' drinking water and his betrayal of a
campaign pledge by refusing to cut the carbon dioxide pollution that causes
global warming. The ads kick off a two-month effort to focus the public's
attention on Bush's disregard for sound science and the will of the American
public who want clean air and water and their families' health protected
from pollution.

The ads ask the public to tell Congressman Mike Rogers to encourage the
President to adopt more responsible environmental policies.  "Mr. Rogers
needs to tell President Bush, ‘not in my neighborhood,’ said Daniel Farough,
Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter.  “The people of
Michigan and his district care about clean air and clean water and they need
to know that President Bush is making irresponsible choices that put their
families' health at risk."  "President Bush is ignoring sound science and
the public's demand to keep drinking water safe and reduce the carbon
dioxide pollution that causes global warming."

"No one wants to drink arsenic when they turn on their tap, but President
Bush caved to the mining industry and halted an effort to make our drinking
water safer," continued Farough.  "His decision to bow to industry demands
makes it difficult to trust him with the environmental policies that keep
our air and water clean.  The residents of Michigan want to reduce arsenic
and carbon dioxide pollution.  We hope that Congressman Rogers will pass the
concerns of his constituents on to President Bush."

The arsenic-reduction rule addressed in the Sierra Club ads would have
provided additional protection to 12.7 million Americans from cancer and
other health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as
well as developmental and neurological effects.  After decades of study and
debate, the Bush Administration is stalling by demanding more public
comments.  According to the National Academy of Sciences, long-term exposure
to low concentrations of arsenic in drinking water can lead to skin,
bladder, lung, and prostate cancer. Non-cancer effects of ingesting arsenic
at low levels include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and anemia, as well
as reproductive and developmental, immunological, and neurological effects.

Almost 80,000 people in Michigan have drinking water with arsenic levels of
more than 10 parts per billion, the standard that would have been used if
Bush had not withdrawn the rule.

The radio ads also address President Bush's broken campaign promise to curb
carbon dioxide pollution, the primary gas causing global warming. His
backpedaling after heavy lobbying by big business interests deeply
distresses the Sierra Club and other Americans concerned about the
consequences of global warming.

On the campaign trail in Saginaw, Michigan in September, then-Gov. Bush
promised "mandatory reduction targets for emissions of four main pollutants"
including carbon dioxide. In recent weeks, his Environmental Protection
Agency administrator, Christie Whitman, spoke out in support of Bush's
campaign position, igniting the ire of business lobbyists. Two weeks ago,
President Bush reversed his position in a letter to Senator Chuck Hagel
(R-NE), promising to reduce only three air pollutants from power plants.

This initial one-week run of radio ads in Michigan and eight other states
kicks off a focused two-month advertising and organizing campaign designed
to inform the people of Michigan about the need to make economically and
environmentally wise choices about our nation's energy future. The ad
campaign will also raise awareness about the threats to our water, air and
wildlands created by recent and irresponsible Bush Administration attacks on
environmental protections.
This campaign will be the focus of Sierra Club's activities leading up to
and including Earth Day, and will culminate in an assessment of Bush's first
100 days in office.

For Copies and Scripts of the Radio Ads, please call 517-484-2372


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