Doug LaFollette's candidate statement:
DOUG LA FOLLETTE PETITION CANDIDATE
RESIDENCE: Madison, Wisconsin
OCCUPATION: Wisconsin's Elected
Secretary of State
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1993
BACKGROUND: Chair, Public Lands
Organizer of Earth Day 1970.
Founder of Wisconsin Environmental Decade.
Author: The Survival Handbook-a Strategy for Saving
2003 Fulbright-Distinguished American Scholar.
Board member, Friends of the Earth.
1996 Environmental Advocate of Year, Clean Water Council.
Education: Stanford (MS), Columbia (PhD).
My political life started when, as professor of natural science at the
University of Wisconsin, I invited Paul Ehrlich to speak. We hit it off,
and I became his stand-in for speaking engagements. Paul's statement,
"If we don't elect an environmental president soon, we're in big trouble,"
inspired me to run for office. Working with David Brower to stop
heavily polluting Molybdenum mining near Crested Butte, Colorado,
cemented my commitment to environmentalism.
STATEMENT: Bush and most politicians don't get it. They don't comprehend
the essential role our natural environment plays in supporting
human wellbeing. They don't acknowledge the critical contribution that
wilderness, wildlife and scenic beauty make to the human spirit. They
ignore our responsibility to protect the planet for future generations.
We conservationists must fight a sophisticated, determined political
battle against mining, timber and energy interests who would sacrifice
our natural heritage for short-term economic gain. As former State
Senator and 20 year Wisconsin Secretary of State and Public Lands
Commissioner, I know how to fight big-money interests-and win.
Our Club has special responsibility in today's world of dwindling
resources, environmental crises and a value system that puts profits
above environmental preservation. I support our ambitious goals: restoring
Glen Canyon, zero cut in our national forests, no Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge drilling.
I will follow through with effective public and political campaigns to
advance these positions and defend bedrock environmental laws-the
Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Environmental
Policy Act-against constant assault.
But this is not enough. We MUST address the root causes - both US
and global overpopulation and over-consumption - that imperil our
planet. Unfortunately, our Club rarely speaks about population any
more-the word "population" never appears in 2001-2003 annual membership
Many important environmental challenges will be won or irretrievably
lost in the next ten years. With my scientific training, teaching, and
extensive political and administrative experience, I will lead the Club to
aggressively defend Nature.
Endorsers: Senator Gaylord Nelson (John Muir Award); Herman
Daly, author "Beyond Growth"; Cornell Professor David Pimentel.
This candidate has agreed to a campaign spending limit of $2,000.
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