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Washington, D.C., August 20, 2002—The Competitive Enterprise Institute is applauding the President today for deciding not to attend the United Nation’s upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. CEI believes the proceedings of the Summit will be dominated by interest groups and international bureaucrats who oppose free markets, robust economic growth, and balanced environmental policy.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The Bush Administration has heeded the advice of CEI President Fred L. Smith, Jr. and 30 other free market leaders who wrote in a recent joint letter: “Although so-called environmental groups may in the next few weeks pressure you to attend, we believe there are good reasons not to give in to this pressure. Even more than the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, the Johannesburg Summit will provide a global media stage for many of the most irresponsible and destructive elements involved in critical international economic and environmental issues. Your presence would only help to publicize and make more credible their various anti-freedom, anti-people, anti-globalization, and anti-Western agendas.”
The text of CEI’s letter to President Bush is available online .
Sustainable Development Expert Available
Fred L. Smith, Jr.Presidentfsmith@cei.org  Recently seen on: Crossfire (CNN), Capital Report (CNBC), & On the Record (Fox News Channel).
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