Before leaving office, the Bush Administration snuck through midnight regulations that would weaken the Endangered Species Act. The regulations make it harder to protect polar bears, gray wolves, canadian lynx, pacific salmon and thousands of other endangered species.
The Endangered Species Act is the safety net for our nation's wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. The Bush Administration's new regulations cut a hole in the safety net and take scientists out of the decision making process.
Congress can overturn these regulations, but they need our support to do it. Please write your Members of Congress and urge them to save endangered species by co-sponsoring H.J. Res. 18 which would use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Bush Administration's regulations.
Please send a letter now and help to stop the Bush Administration's last attempt to weaken our environmental laws.
The Endangered Species Act is the safety net for our nation's wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. The government has a responsibility to protect endangered species and leave a legacy for future generations. The Act requires that decisions be based on best available science. The Bush Administration's new regulations cut a hole in the safety net and take scientists out of the decision making process.
The new regulations would essentially allow agencies to decide for themselves if their actions would harm an endangered species - without consulting the experts within the Fish and Wildlife Service or National Marine Fisheries Service. These drastic changes should not be made by the Bush Administration in a last minute attempt to weaken one of our nation's most important environmental laws.
The Bush regulations are tremendously unpopular. More than 250,000 comments opposing the changes were submitted to the Interior Department in the 60 days it allowed for the public to respond to the changes. And newspapers across the country editorialized against the changes.
I urge you to join Congressman Rahall as a co-sponsor of H.J. Res. 18 and overturn the Bush Administration's last minute changes to weaken the Endangered Species Act. We are depending on you to preserve our nation's commitment to protecting our wildlife and wild places.