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E-M:/ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to address Bush administration?s anti-environmental stance in speech at MSU

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Note that this talk is tomorrow, Thursday, November 18, and that tickets are required from the Wharton Center box office (phone 517-432-2000) or by calling MSU College of Law at 517-432-6800.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to address Bush administration?s anti-environmental stance in speech at MSU
EAST LANSING, Mich. ? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will discuss ?Our Environmental  Destiny? at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University. Kennedy is speaking in conjunction with the publication of his book, ?Crimes against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking our Democracy.?
Kennedy will sign copies of his book from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Law College Building on the MSU campus.
Both the book signing and the speech are free and open to the public; however, tickets are required and may be obtained at the Wharton Center box office or by calling MSU College of Law at (517) 432-6800.
Kennedy will be detailing the environmental and political implications of the Bush administration?s rollbacks of more than 200 environmental laws which, for nearly 30 years, have protected the nation?s air, water, public lands and wildlife. According to Kennedy?s analysis in ?Crimes against Nature? key issues include:

·         dangerously high mercury emissions putting 320,000 newborns at risk annually;

·         due to a lack of funds, Superfund cleanups have declined by more than 50 percent since Bush took office;

·         marine policies endorsed by the Bush White House are permanently destroying the oceans ? most large oceanic populations have been reduced to 10 percent of the fish populations that existed in the 1950?s;

·         automobile fuel efficiency has dropped to its lowest level in two decades due to White House policies that have encouraged Americans to buy gas-guzzling vehicles and have discouraged auto manufacturers from building more fuel efficient cars.

Kennedy?s reputation as a defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions: prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound; winning settlements for the Hudson Riverkeeper; arguing cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline; and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act.
Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a master?s degree in environmental law. He now is a professor of law at Pace.
Kennedy?s visit to MSU is sponsored by the MSU College of Law.
MSU College of Law was founded as the Detroit College of Law in 1891. To extend its commitment to educational excellence, the college affiliated with MSU in 1995 and moved to MSU?s East Lansing campus in 1997. The move enabled the law college to build state-of-the-art facilities and to provide the benefits of a Big Ten campus.
MSU College of Law strengthened its affiliation with Michigan State University this year, becoming more closely aligned academically. The association between the two schools has led to a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program at the law college. Today, the college remains the nation?s oldest continually operating independent law school and one of only two private law schools to be affiliated with a research university.
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