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American Agenda (Environment: Legislation) (Part III) #160945

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 14, 1995
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The third in a series of American Agenda stories looking at the environmental legislation because of the Republicans' assault on it introduced.

(No location given: Catherine Crier) The impact of lobbyists for America's industries on the Republicans' anti-environmental legislation examined; the rewriting of the Clean Water Act and Senator Slade Gorton's bill to reduce the scope of the Endangered Species Act cited as two example. [Representative Newt GINGRICH - calls for a change.] [Representative George MILLER - explains how corporate America reacted.] [US Chamber of Commerce Charles INGRAM, GORTON - defend industry moves.] Documents illustrating the role and power of lobbying groups in shaping changes in the environment legislation cited, detailed and quoted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Ned Potter) The reality of life and the environmental debate in the Pacific Northwest in which economic factors and environmental factors revolving around the protection of the Northern spotted owl cut have back the timber industry, but other businesses are booming, examined; scenes shown from the timber town of Sweet Home, OR. [Sweet Home former mill worker Leroy BICKFORD, restaurant owner Mollie ANDREWS - talk about life.] The development of high tech industries in Oregon noted. [Lane County official Jerry RUST - says the Endangered Species Act forced the diversification of Oregon's industry.] [GORTON - promotes changes.] President Clinton's administration's alternative to the Endangered Species Act in Florida and California and the conservatives' acroos the board opposition to environmental regulation mentioned. [Assistant Secretary of Interior George FRAMPTON - says many want to just get rid of the act.]

Crier, Catherine;
Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Ned

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