Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund Statement on Ralph Nader: 'Monumentally Irresponsible'
2/22/04 11:40:00 AM
To: National Desk, Environment Reporter
Contact: William Lutz, 202-772-0269 or Brad Devries, 202-772-0237, both of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen on Ralph Nader:
"In the last three years, the Bush administration has mounted arguably the greatest assault on our conservation laws ever seen. Mr. Nader's entry into the presidential race only increases the likelihood that assault will continue for a second term. It is monumentally irresponsible for Ralph Nader, who professes a reverence for our natural environment, to take any step that aids the President's re-election bid.
"The Bush administration's environmental policy has been a boon for the big oil, gas, and timber industries. Clean air and clean water laws have been rolled back. National forests have been opened to increased logging and public lands to more oil drilling. The framework of laws protecting our wildlife and habitat have been all but dismantled. Time and again, the President has placed the needs of corporate special interests ahead of the needs of our environment.
"The damage the President has done to the environment far outweighs the gains Mr. Nader made in this area during his career. Free from the threat of electoral defeat, a second term for the President could spell disaster on many of the issues Mr. Nader claims to hold dear.
"I urge Mr. Nader to please reconsider his decision; the harm done by his candidacy could far outpace any gains."
Affiliated with Defenders of Wildlife, the Defenders Action Fund is 501(c)(4) organization created to provide the wildlife conservation community with a voice in the political process. For more information on the Fund, please visit http://www.defendersactionfund.org.