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GALE NORTON AND FREE MARKET ENVIRONMENTALISM:
GREEN, LIKE THE COLOR OF MONEY

PRESS MEMORANDUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2000

CONTACT: Doug Kendall, 202-296-6889

Interior nominee Gale Norton's most recent and notable foray into environmental politics has been setting up a green-scam organization called the Committee of Republican Environmental Activists (CREA). CREA, established by Norton and a former aide named Italia Federici in 1997, promotes "free market environmentalism" as an alternative to our current environmental protections. Notable Republican environmentalists, such as Sherwood Bohlert (R-N.Y.), refused to join CREA, with Bohlert commenting to the Washington Post "I looked at the lineup and I decided not to participate."

A recent report issued by Community Rights Counsel (CRC), a Washington DC-based public interest law firm, documents that free market environmentalism is all free market and no environmentalism. Free market environmentalists believe that most if not all of this country's public lands should be auctioned off to the highest bidder and that the nation's clean air and water laws should be repealed in order to let the free market determine the amount of environmental protection.

In the words of Doug Kendall, CRC's Executive Director, "Gale Norton represents the extreme, pro-polluter wing of the Republican Party. Free market environmentalism is an oxymoron. The only "green" thing about it is the money it directs to the coffers of the nation's polluters."

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