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Endangered Species Act – Endangered

Source: Focus Earth – Planet Green Channel

The Endangered Species Act protects over 1,300 animals and plants listed as
threatened or endangered with specific rules on how to do that. The Bush
Administration intends to change those rules and environmentalist are accusing
the White House of “putting a fox in charge of the ‘endangered’ hen house“.

It was only in May of this year that the polar bear joined the list of
endangered species. Conservationist declared a victory because global warming
threatens the bear’s habitat and now federal agencies must consider climate
change and it’s impact on Artic ice before approving new projects like highways
and bridges. This typically involves an independent review from scientist at
the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries.

But now the Bush Administration wants to overhaul the Endangered Species Act
by allowing federal agencies THEMSELVES, not outside scientist, to determine
whether new projects will impact threatened plants and animals.

Jeremy Symons with the National Wildlife Federation said it was a “sneak
attack by the Bush Administration as they’re heading out the door to undermine
the premier wildlife conservation law in America”.

The White House says they want to cut through red tape and allow scientist to
focus on species that are truly threatened. Tony Fratto, Deputy White House
Press Secretary said, “We don’t see a need to have those consultations take
place if they’re affecting a species in a remote area. We want to see those
scientist dealing with cases where species are really threatened.” (Huh?

But environmentalist worry that self regulation will mean bureaucrats, not
biologist will get to pick and choose which species to protect. Opponents say
it is a move to protect big industry, a dangerous and possibly illegal attempt
to replace scientist with bureaucrats.

The public will have 30 days to comment on the proposal after it is formally
submitted, (supposedly this past week). But Congress gets no say in the matter,
some democrats say the Administrations actions are illegal. However the White
House says they are “acting in the environment’s best interest”, (pardon me while
I puke).

Contacting the White House:

E-Mail

comments@whitehouse.gov

president@whitehouse.gov

Mailing Address

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

TTY/TDD

Comments: 202-456-6213

Please take the time to let the Bush Administration know how you feel about this!

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