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Republicans for Okefenokee Swamp - Against DuPont - or - Who is joining Whom?
by: Larry Walker, 7/27/96

A Sierra Club Alert I received in the mail recently recently highlighted the club's efforts to protect Okefenokee Swamp from planned mining by DuPont, and pointed out the DuPont link to drilling in the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. Then, a few days ago, I read a post on an internet message board expressing concern about the proposed mining adjacent to Okefenokee and surprise that the topic was not being discussed on the board or among the environmental community at large. I did a little web surfing, compiled a list of links on the subject, emailed the list to the author of the message, and posted a copy of the list on the message board.

As this topic is a high priority project of the Sierra Club, I expected to find quite a bit of information on the home page of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club during my research. When I drew a blank at that site, I dropped them an email saying, "I stopped by your web page expecting to find some information on the Okefenokee/DuPont issue which is merely back in negotiation, not dead. No luck." I got back their reply yesterday, "Go to and click on 'projects'."

I asked and they responded - so where's the news?

Well, the Sierra Club recently reported on a Star Ledger of New Jersey article regarding a GOP memo urging county chairs, committee people, their friends, and other Republicans to join the Sierra Club. The link that Sierra Club's Georgia Chapter provided to me is to the home page of Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP)!

As the Georgia Chapter refered me to the REP page while having nothing on their own page, I must ask "who is joining whom?"

On a more serious note, I applaud REP for what they are doing. Their Okefenokee project is well done and pulls no punches. It is just that my color perception is having difficulty adjusting to "Green Republicans" in the wake of the 104th Congress and the on-going saga of the 105th.

Some additional links to information on the Okefenokee issue are: