The Bush Administration is proposing drastic changes to the Endangered Species Act that threaten to undermine our nation's commitment to endangered fish, plants and wildlife and prohibit needed efforts to prevent global warming from harming wildlife. We need congress to step in right away to prevent these changes from happening.
The new regulations would essentially allow government 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 are the experts on endangered species; we should use them.
The new changes also ignore the impact of global warming on endangered species. Global warming is one of the greatest threats to our endangered wildlife, fish and plants, but the administration's proposal would prevent agencies from acknowledging that sources of global warming are what create the effects of global warming.
You can learn more on the Endangered Species Coalition website.
Please contact your members of congress below and ask them to prevent President Bush's attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
I am very concerned to learn that the Bush Administration is trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act. I urge you to fight these efforts.
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 proposed 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. That is unacceptable. We have agencies with expertise in protecting species; let's keep using them.
I am also concerned that these new changes ignore the impact of global warming on endangered species. Global warming is one of the greatest threats to our endangered wildlife, fish and plants. We must not pretend that increasing CO2 levels will have no impact on these species or ourselves.
The Endangered Species Act is our nation's commitment to protecting the fish, plants and wildlife in danger of disappearing forever and this year marks its 35th anniversary. 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. Congress and the American public should have more input into these decisions, and a 30 day comment period without public hearings is completely unacceptable.
Please do all that you can to fight President Bush's attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. We are depending on you to preserve our nation’s commitment to protecting our wildlife and wild places.
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