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The Planet

Cutting the Pork

The Planet, April 1997, Volume 4, number 3

Produced by Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common $ense and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the "Green Scissors '97" report identifies more than $36 billion in wasteful, environmentally destructive projects in the form of 57 programs in 23 states. So far, the Green Scissors coalition, which includes the Sierra Club, has scored major victories over special interests by working with a bipartisan team of congressional backers to kill 11 projects for a total taxpayer savings of nearly $20 billion.

"Cutting polluter pork means two cuts for the price of one," said Associate Field Representative Sam Collier. "The money saved can reduce the deficit and be invested in pollution prevention and strict enforcement of existing environmental laws."

This year, a strong emphasis was placed on targeting projects that devastate our national forests, such as government-subsidized logging roads and water programs.

For more information about these and other targets of the Green Scissors campaign, and/or to receive a copy of the report, call Friends of the Earth at (202) 783-7400 ext. 239 or visit their Web site at http://www.foe.org/eco/scissors97

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