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Rallies planned for Presidential event

Jenifer Ragland

Two groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum are staging rallies in support of their respective causes Saturday as part of the Lake Tahoe Presidential Summit.

Members of the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter will gather at Preston Field in Incline Village between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Refreshments and speakers on Tahoe’s environmental challenges will be featured.

“We are inviting folks to come to a rally to welcome the president and vice president, and to show our support of the Presidential Summit,” said Rochelle Nason, executive director of the league.

Following the rally, the group plans to move to the Hyatt with banners and signs to convey the message that Tahoe’s environmental community supports the president’s visit.

While the president is speaking, two groups that would like to see a change in Clinton’s current environmental policy will demonstrate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tahoe Regional Park/Lakeview Amphitheater in Tahoe Vista.

People for the West, a group of loggers, recreationists, ranchers, miners, property owners and other special interests in the Lake Tahoe area, are the primary organizers.

The purpose of the demonstration is to show support for the lake as a national treasure, but also to show the considerable amount of dispute as to what constitutes “appropriate management” in the basin.

“We felt this is a good opportunity for us to put a pitch in for sensible management,” said Pat Davison, People for the West regional coordinator. “Instead of a balanced approach, we are seeing more of a narrow approach to land management. There needs to be a middle ground.”

Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group that challenges the validity of the Greenhouse effect, will join the protest rally Saturday.

Peter Cleary, CSE spokesman, said the purpose of the group’s involvement in the event is to provide information contrary to what the federal government maintains when it comes to global warming.

“We are concerned because here you have this big environmental event, when the biggest environmental issue of the year is just 128 days later when Clinton signs the Global Warming Treaty,” Cleary said. “That will add to the cost of gasoline, propane and all energy sources, which will have an enormous economic impact – all for a problem that doesn’t really exist.”

Among speakers will be Dr. Robert Balling, one of the nation’s leading climatologists, Rose Comstock, president of California Women in Timber and Joel Bucher, an environmental policy analyst from Washington, D.C.


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