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COMMITTEE SAYS POLL INDICATES MAJORITY OF AMERICANS UNWILLING TO SACRIFICE 10,000 JOBS OR MORE TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES

 COMMITTEE SAYS POLL INDICATES MAJORITY OF AMERICANS UNWILLING


TO SACRIFICE 10,000 JOBS OR MORE TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Two-thirds (68 percent) of American adults would be unwilling to see as many as 10,000 jobs lost to protect an endangered species, according to a new national poll, the Timber Industry Labor-Management Committee said today.
 And 75 percent of those polled believe the Endangered Species Act should be amended so that job protection and other economic costs are considered when species are identified for protection.
 The poll, released today, was conducted for the Timber Industry Labor-Management Committee by Opinion Research Corp. of Princeton, N.J. It is believed to be the first poll that attempts to measure national attitudes on how endangered species concerns impact on specific jobs- related questions.
 "This poll duplicates what we learned in earlier opinion samplings in Oregon, Washington and California, where vast majorities oppose 10,000 or more job losses over protection of the northern spotted owl," said Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers.
 "People all over the country, not just in the Northwest, want to see some balance brought to the endangered species debate," Draper said. "They realize that people's lives are as important as plants and animals."
 The poll results were released by Draper during testimony he delivered before a Senate Environmental Protection Subcommittee hearing on S.2762, The Northwest Economic Stabilization Act, which would reduce job losses anticipated from the Interior Department's spotted owl recovery plan.
 In commenting on the poll results, Mark Rey, executive director of the American Forest Resource Alliance, said they confirmed the views of those who support the bill and the idea that the economic impacts in the recovery plan are too severe.
 The Interior Department's draft recovery plan would cause the loss of about 32,000 jobs on federal forest lands alone. S.2762, introduced by Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., would halve that number.
 The poll also showed that 56 percent of respondents would be less willing to vote for a member of Congress who supported a species protection plan that would cost 10,000 jobs. That percentage jumped to 70 percent if the job loss figure was increased to 25,000 workers.
 In addition, 70 percent of those polled would be less willing to vote for a Congressman who would support a species protection plan when, in addition to job losses, local and state governments and schools would lose revenue and taxes might go up.
 Opinion Research Corp. surveyed 1,003 persons by telephone from Aug. 6-9. A total of 501 men and 502 women aged 18 and older were questioned. The margin of error was 3 percent or less.
 The 30,000-member Western Council of Industrial Workers is headquartered in Portland, Ore.
 The American Forest Resource Alliance, representing management in the forest products industry, is headquartered in Washington D.C.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Joseph, 202-452-9431, or Barry Polsky, 202-463-2467, both of the Timber Industry Labor-Management Committee/ CO: Timber Industry Labor-Management Committee ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU: LEG


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