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The Planet

The Planet--What Do You Know? A Sierra Club Quiz

The Planet, January 1997, Volume 4, number 1

  1. Who took the "natural" out of the "Natural Resources Committee"?
    • a. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
    • b. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.)
    • c. Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
  2. What percentage of Americans think environmental laws and regulations "don't go far enough" or "are about right"?
    • a. 13 percent
    • b. 40 percent
    • c. 100 percent
  3. What was the average League of Conservation Voters scorecard rating for freshman Republicans in 1995?
    • a. 12 percent
    • b. 40 percent
    • c. 100 percent
  4. How many acres of public lands in Utah were protected as a national monument this year?
    • a. 1,700,000
    • b. 5,700,000
    • c. 17,000
  5. How many acres of public lands in Utah is the Sierra Club working to protect as wilderness?
    • a. 1,700,000
    • b. 5,700,000
    • c. 17,000
  6. Match the following quotes with the speakers?
    • Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
    • Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
    • Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif.)
    • Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho)

    • a) "We're in charge. We don't have to compromise with the Senate. We don't have to compromise with the president. We're only going to fund the programs we like."
    • b) "I love the environment, but I'm cheap on loving the environment."
    • c) With regards to endangered species, "Give them all a designated area and then blow it up."
    • d) The representative who couldn't take salmon's endangered species status seriously. "How can I when you go in and you can buy a can of salmon off the shelf in Albertsons?"
  7. What chemical did Tom DeLay (R-Texas) describe as "not harmful"?
    • a. alar
    • b. methyl bromide
    • c. DDT
  8. What percentage of Americans live within four miles of a Superfund site?
    • a. 1 percent
    • b. 25 percent
    • c. 75 percent


  • "Where's the pork?" isn't the only question our anti-environmental opponents in Congress fear. In some states it's "Whose agriculture waste is choking our steams?" Can you identify the senator responsible for one of the biggest fish kills in his state's history?
    • Sen. Strom Thurmon (R-S.C.)
    • Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.)
    • Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.)
    For answer, see the 1996 timeline (June 10 entry).

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