FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 12, 2001
Jon Corsiglia, EMS, 202/463-6670
Lisa Magnino, Fenton Communications, 202/822-5200
Environmentalists, Labor and Civil Rights Groups Announce Opposition to Gale Norton
Nominee's extremist views conflict with American public opinion
Washington - More than 20 non-governmental organizations - environmental, civil rights, labor, conservative and liberal - announced their campaign to defeat Gale Norton's nomination as Secretary of Interior at a news conference this morning.
Confirmation hearings for Norton, whose radical views include suggesting that industry has a "right to pollute," will be held before the Senate Jan. 18 and 19.
The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund also released new polling data - done by both Democratic and Republican polling firms - that found "a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike want stronger enforcement of environmental laws," said LCV President Deb Callahan at an EMS press conference at the National Press Club.
"Bush has turned a blind eye to clear public sentiment that crosses party lines," she said. "He has appointed someone who's going to carry the dirty water of polluting industries within the Interior Department."
For example, the LCV polls found that: