It is essential that everyone possible contact the white house by email,
fax, U.S. mail, or phone to ask President Clinton to VETO THE RECISSION
BILL called HR 1158. This bill seeks to sneak past the president's veto
pen a number of riders that would:
1) allow logging without laws and increase logging to 6 billion board feet
of lumber a year in OUR National Forests (they are NOT the lumber
company's). The effect of this would be to eliminate roadless areas and
essentially eradicate large trees throughout the U.S. It would suspend
all environmental laws, administrative appeals, and judicial access.
2) It would zero funding for the US Fish and Wildlife endangered species
listing and enforcement, essentially gutting the Endangered Species Act.
3) It would force the Forest Service to reissue grazing permits that are
up for renewal with no consideration of ANY environmental law, especially
NEPA which requires public comment and review (the Republican Congress is
seeking to silence the public which overwhelmingly supports protecting
the environment and limiting grazing).
4) A slew of other amendments and riders would bar the federal
government from identifying wetlands under the Clean Water Act, bar the
EPA from listing new superfund sites (I bet no Republican Congressperson
lives in a superfund site or IT would be placed on the short list),
prevent new conservation laws from going into affect in the Tongass
National Forest in Alaska, and bar the government from conserving the
sturgen fish in Alabama.
The idea is that President Clinton wont have the political will to veto
the bill because of the political importance of some of its OTHER components.
The riders must be removed.
Please act now and write, call, fax, email the president AND your local
representatives to demand that these anti-environment, anti-clean water
riders be stricken from HR 1158.
patrick at corona.med.utah.edu