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PSA: Endangered Species Act Endangered

From Defenders of Wildlife:

Have you heard about this? With just a few months left in power, the Bush/Cheney Administration has launched an unprecedented backdoor assault on America's endangered species!

We can help stop them. Just go to the website below and urge your Representative and Senators to stand up to President Bush and protect our endangered species:

For more than 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected wildlife at risk of extinction. Now the Bush/Cheney Administration wants to gut this landmark law by eliminating vital checks and balances that are crucial to protect our wolves, polar bears and other imperiled wildlife.

Speak out now for polar bears, wolves and the nearly 1400 species currently protected under the Endangered Species Act! Visit the website below to urge your Representative and Senators to help stop this eleventh-hour assault on our endangered species:

The changes proposed by the Bush/Cheney Administration would severely limit scientific review by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service of projects that could harm imperiled wildlife. They would also explicitly limit the ability of these expert agencies to consider how greenhouse gas emissions from such projects could impact polar bears, wolverines and other wildlife that may go extinct due to global warming.

Instead, agencies proposing projects such as highways, dams, mines, oil or gas drilling and virtually any other activity would be allowed to decide for themselves whether a project is likely to impact any of the nearly 1,400 species currently protected by the Endangered Species Act without the independent review now provided by the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Many of these agencies do not even have biologists or other qualified staff to make such a determination.

Even worse, the new regulations would impose a brief 60-day review period, making it even less likely that anyone involved in the process will have the time or expertise to fully evaluate the potential harmful effects of a given project on sensitive wildlife or the habitat it needs to survive.

Help protect our endangered species. Take action online now at:

Our wildlife is one of America's most precious natural resources. Thanks for helping me protect it!

The current administration not only thinks that wildlife is useless unless we can make money off it and/or when it is an obstacle to profiteering from other environmental exploitation, but they are also being manipulated by the religious right, which believes that God is about to destroy this world and give us (well, them, really) a brand new one! Why God would give a new planet to a species that presided over the biggest mass extinction in the earth's history is a bit of a puzzle, but they think the Bible says so, and that everything on earth was put here for our exclusive benefit in the meantime.

That these two attitudes dovetail so nicely together is, well, tragic, really.
Tags: environment, politics, wildlife

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