In a last minute sneak attack, the Bush Administration is trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is the safety net for our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction, including the bald eagle, grizzly bear and pacific salmon. These regulations would dramatically weaken protections for endangered species and their habitat. For more information about the proposed regulations, visit www.stopextinction.org
The Bush Administration is trying to fast track oil drilling, mining, logging and development by stripping away protections for our public lands and wildlife heritage.
They have given us only 30 days to comment on their proposal and are not allowing email comments. We will collect and deliver your comment personally to the Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne. Submit a comment today! Sample letter below.
The Endangered Species Act is the safety net for our nation's wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. These regulations would dramatically weaken the federal government's commitment to protect endangered species and their habitat. They would exclude thousands of federal activities, including those that contribute to global warming, from scientific review and and remove the checks and balances currently in place under the Endangered Species Act.
The Endangered Species Act requires decisions to be based on the best available science. This regulatory change would severely limit the ability of experts in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to review actions of federal agencies that could harm endangered and threatened species.
Despite the fact that endangered species are some of the most at risk from the effects of global warming, the proposed regulations would remove our nation's responsibility to protect species from any of the impacts of global warming. This would block the Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to integrate global warming into the Endangered Species Act consultation process.
I strongly urge you to withdraw the proposed Interagency Cooperation Under the Endangered Species Act regulatory changes and to extend the public comment period to allow adequate public and Congressional input into these drastic changes to one of our nation's landmark conservation laws. Thank you for your consideration of my comments on this critically important conservation issue.