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President Clinton Delivers Environmental StatementAired September 21, 2000 - 10:02 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We are going to go live right back to the White House to hear from President Clinton. He is making a statement before he leaves today for Flint, Michigan.
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WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ... Henry Diamond is here, who is a partner in the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, and a distinguished environmentalist, heading the largest environmental law firm in the nation.
Roger -- excuse me -- Slickosen -- is that right? -- Schlickeisen, the president of Defenders of Wildlife, over my right shoulder here.
Jack Hanna is here, the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo.
Frank Beamer, the head coach of the Virginia Tech football team. As he said, last year number two and rising this year.
Jimmy Lee Solomon (ph), the senior vice president of Baseball Operations, from major league baseball; Dr. Michael Hershfield (ph), the vice president at the resource protection programs, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; David Waller (ph), Wildlife Resources Division of the -- director of Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of National Resources, who told me to say something good about wildlife today. So, I often feel that we're in the presence of it here in Washington, and I appreciate his efforts to preserve it.
And the lady to my left is Sue Maturkonich (ph), who is a teacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan. And I wanted to thank her for being here and for her interest in the intersection of education and the environment for our children.
These conservation and community leaders have come here from all over America to work for the protection of our open spaces and our most precious lands, to ask Congress to provide permanent funding for them, with federal funds dedicated to supporting state and local communities. Under the leadership of Chairman Don Young and Congressman George Miller, the House recently cast an overwhelming bipartisan vote to provide permanent funding for America's open spaces, from the resources the federal government gets from federal offshore oil leases. There is significant support in the Senate for this legislation. And we are here today to ask the Senate leadership to work with Senators Frank Murkowski and Jeff Bingaman, again, on a bipartisan basis, to pass the Conservation and Reinvestment Act known as CARA.
KAGAN: Listening to President Clinton as he makes a number of introductions and then an environmental statement. We really want to hear from the president as he answers questions from reporters. We are going to go out of that when he does take questions and has some answers for reporters.
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