George Frampton, President Clinton's Assistant Secretary of Interior
for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, is the former president of the Wilderness
Society (1986-1993), a former partner in Rogovin, Huge and Lenzer (1976-1984),
a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and former
special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He is also
a former fellow at a public interest law firm, the Center for Law and Social
Policy. Frampton has no formal environmental education, having received
a Masters in Economics degree from the London School of Economics and a
J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The Wilderness Society -- for which Frampton served as president -- traces its roots to socialist movements. Robert Marshall, one of the founders of the Wilderness Society, was a member of the Socialist Party of Norman Thomas and an advocate of overthrowing the American form of government. Another organization founder, Benton MacKay, was a member of the Socialist Party of America, the party that nominated Eugene Debs for President in 1920.
Under the leadership of George Frampton, the Wilderness Society nearly doubled. Its funding base also grew, with the group receiving grants from such corporate giants as Archer Daniels Midland Corporation, an agricultural corporation that the Society would presumably consider to be corporate polluter given its dependence on pesticides and fertilizers. During Frampton's tenure, the Wilderness Society was one of the major players in the battle in the Pacific Northwest over the spotted owl, which ultimately led to the loss of thousands of forest industry jobs. One of the Society's principal contributions to that battle was producing a study showing that timber industry job losses were due principally to automation and job experts. The group cooked the books by only including large timber companies in its study -- those companies that owned their own timber -- thus skewing the results.
Selected Frampton Quotes
"We ought to make the whole state [of Alaska] an historical park so people can... see how folks thought in the 19th Century." - George Frampton, speaking at an Earth Day press conference, April 21, 1992
"...A group of industries, principally mining logging and... ranching... for decades have enjoyed enormous federal subsidies to develop and exploit the public lands... We're going to help the environment... And they're fighting back. If you had a license to loot the federal treasury, you'd be fighting to keep it too." - George Frampton, speaking at an Earth Day press conference, April 21, 1992
"[Some Americans] believe environmentalism has replaced Communism as the number one enemy. They have fixed on environmentalism as the green phase of international socialism." - George Frampton quoted in The New York Times as cited in Trashing the Economy by Ron Arnold and Alan Gottlieb, 1993
"That kind of approach is at least a step or two to the right of James Watt. We've spent the past two years building flexibility into the act, and these radicals are ready to run that off the cliff." - George Frampton quoted in The New Republic responding to a suggestion by Representative Helen Chenoweth that rather than introduce wolves into Idaho wilderness to control elk populations a hunting season be established, April 24, 1995
"Our only rational options are to reject privatization and commercial exploitation of our precious public resources in favor of long-range planning, careful stewardship and protection. We must not squander our heritage or forsake our birthright." - George Frampton quoted in Wilderness, Summer 1988
Dossier Credibility Ranking
On a scale ranging from 0 to 10 measuring political science versus real science, George Frampton scores a 10.0 for political science.
Version Date: February 28, 1996
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