OT: Support for snowmobile ban.

OT: Support for snowmobile ban.

Post by David Courtne » Tue, 22 Aug 2000 04:00:00

    Here's the response I got from the nice people at the Bluewater Network.
Portions of it were posted here by someone else, obviously compromise isn't
what they have in mind.

DAVID:
Thank you for sending your thoughts to Secretary Bruce Babbitt concerning
snowmobile use in the National Parks.  As I am sure you are well aware, the
billion dollar snowmobile industry has unleashed its lobbying machine in
an attempt to thwart the National Park Services plan to ban snowmobiles.
If we are to protect the Parks from highly polluting and noisy snowmobiles,
the Department of  Interior needs to receive substantial support for a
total ban.  If you haven't already, please forward the following alert on
to any interested persons.

Once again thanks for all your help, we couldn't do our work without you!

Sean Smith
Bluewater Network
www.earthisland.org/bw

PS. To receive our monthly email newsletter/action alert send an email to

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Action Alert

Dear Friend,

The following action alert is very important.  Please consider sending your
thoughts today!

Background
As most all of you are aware, in response to Bluewater Network's petition,
the National Park Service announced in April, 2000, its intention to phase
out recreational snowmobiling throughout the National Park System due to
the machines' deleterious effects on air, water, and soil quality,
wildlife, natural quiet, and public health and safety. Since then, the Park
Service has been under enormous pressure from the snowmobile industry to
recant or soften its decision. Although nothing has changed since the April
announcement, the snowmobile industry has recently been touting the
contents of a letter from Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt as a
victory for snowmobilers.

The letter, written in response to a request from South Dakota Senator Tom
Daschle, clarified that the NPS would initiate a public rulemaking and
comment period, considering all alternatives, before the final decision on
snowmobiles in the National Parks was handed down. While Babbitt's letter
did not "back pedal" or rescind the April decision, it did allow the
snowmobile industry to believe they have leverage with the NPS.
Furthermore, the snowmobile industry is circulating letters to the
governors of all the snowbelt states, soliciting gubernatorial support for
continued recreational snowmobile use throughout the park system. This
increased momentum within the snowmobile community could be detrimental
going into the public comment period.

Take Action Now!

Write Secretary Babbitt
We must demonstrate the vast public support for the NPS decision to remove
snowmobiles from the Park System.  To send an automatic email to the
Department of Interior please visit the following link:

http://www.earthisland.org/takeaction/actionalert_bw28.html

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