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2/9/09: Fix Endangered Species Act That Bush Broke
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The Honorable Representative _____________________________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510
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Just before leaving office, the Bush Administration stripped the Endangered
Species Act (ESA) of vital protections. I ask you to un-do this “hack job”
on our nation’s primary wildlife law. Please co-sponsor H.J. Res. 18,
legislation from House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Jo Rahall
that seeks congressional disapproval of Bush’s drastically changed ESA.
In 1973 Congress elected to preserve the most vulnerable plants and animals
in this country. Since then the ESA has sustained some 99% of imperiled
species, including bald eagles, ocelots, grizzly bears, gray wolves, and sea
otters. The ESA also shields 200 million acres of crucial wildlife habitat.
These safeguards are basically gone if changes announced by departing
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne are not reversed. For example, the
Bush re-write bans the ESA from taking action to save polar bears from
global warming threats. Scientists widely accept that human-generated
greenhouse gasses cause ecosystems to lose biodiversity, leading to the
extinction of entire species.* We already know the Antarctic ice sheet
collapsed last year. Melting ice specifically jeopardizes polar bears. It is
reckless to exclude them from climate change events.
The Bush regulations also excuse highway construction, dams, logging, mining
and other developments from ESA assessment. Projects that could push plants
or animals into extinction can proceed without consulting biologists in the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.
These changes are anti-science. Please do not let antiquated policies
pervade the current administration.
As your constituent, I urge you to reject destructive environmental
regulations. I simply ask that you uphold the Endangered Species Act, which
did not need an overhaul in the first place. Please co-sponsor H.J. Res. 18.
I look forward to your feedback on this important issue.
*U.S. Global Change Research Program. Climate change impacts on U.S. “The
Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change”
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H.J. Resolution 18 / Status, Full Bill Text, etc.
Urge President Obama’s Interior Secretary to Rescue the Polar Bear!
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