Talking Points on the Environment #3

Controversial Interior Nominee George Frampton Warrants Closer Scrutiny

President Clinton promised that his administration would "look like America." George T. Frampton, Jr., former president of the Wilderness Society and President Clinton's choice for Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks clearly does not "look like America." Consider these quotes by and about the controversial nominee:

Frampton is not exactly the voice of moderation..."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.

Frampton says if you can't afford it, regulate it..."Purchasing land for the reserve at current market prices of around $200 per acre would cost some $500 million, [the Wilderness Society] said. However, Wilderness Society president George Frampton said if firmer regulation on the use of forest land were passed, it would not be necessary to buy all of the parcel." - United Press International report on the Wilderness Society proposal to establish a 2.7 million acre wilderness reserve in Maine (about 15% of the state's forest land), March 16, 1989.

Frampton has labeled farmers, ranchers, loggers and miners thieves..."...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, at an Earth Day Press Conference, April 21, 1992.

Frampton believes national parks are no place for tourists..."Motels and hotels and that kind of thing should go outside the National Parks." - George Frampton, as cited in the Washington Post, June 12, 1988.

Frampton can't be trusted, according to one Congressman..."You have chosen obstruction over conflict resolution on Northwest forest issues... I will remember that, in a business where trust is the coin of the realm, your currency is of little value."

Source: Former Congressman Les Aucoin (D-OR) in September 1989 letter to Frampton Talking Points on the Economy: Environment #3, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 Tel. (202) 543-4110, Fax (202)543-5975, [email protected], http://www.nationalcenter/inter.net. For more information about Talking Points on the Economy: Environment #3 contact Bob Adams at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]


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