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American Agenda (Environment: Legislation) (Part I) #160917

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1995
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A series of American Agenda stories looking at the environmental legislation because of the Republicans' assault on it introduced.

(Capitol Hill: John Cochran) Food inspection as part of the Republican move against government regulations affecting health, safety and the environment examined. [Senator Barbara BOXER - raises the E. coli bacteria issue.] Senator Bob Dole's bill outlined. [DOLE - responds to the Democrats.] [Senator Tom DASCHLE - threatens Dole's bill.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Examples of the success of environmental laws over the past 25 years and what could happen if the Republicans get their way reviewed: the national forests, private mining rights, oil drilling rights in the Alaska wilderness, pesticides, wetlands, drinking water standards, toxic waste and endangered species. The case of the bald eagle, which has finally been taken off the endangered species list, cited.

(No location given: John Donvan) The framing of the environmental debate as a contest between environment and jobs, especially in the American West, examined; the history of opening of public lands in the West to private use detailed using the case of the logging industry in the small town of Libby, MT, as an example. [In the Libby forest, anti-environmental law leader Bruce VINCENT - opposes the restrictions on timber cutting.] [Griswald, Iowa, farmer Gary MULLER - opposes government bureaucrats and their rules.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The absence of a public outcry to rewrite environmental regulations noted; ABC News/"Washington Post" poll findings on the protection of the environment cited. [South Dakota Republican voter Tony DEAN - says we did not vote to gut environmental regulations.] [Colorado rancher Ray CANTERBURY - opposes government rules.] The challenge of finding a balance between economic development and environmental protection reiterated.

Cochran, John;
Donvan, John;
Jennings, Peter

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