Saturday, August 16, 2008

Too bad republicans weren't an endangered specie

Endangered Species Law in Danger From Bush

The countdown to January has begun, and the Bush administration is starting to roll out a long, foul list of last-minute policy changes. If its proposal to gut the Endangered Species Act is any indication of what it has in mind, we all have cause to be frightened of the next several months.

The proposal, which does not require congressional approval, would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether or not that highway, dam or mine they want to build would adversely impact any endangered species - instead of turning the matter over to independent government scientists in the Fish & Wildlife Service, the way that they’ve done for 35 years.

Yes, why would anyone allow scientists make these determinations when lawyers and corporate lobbyists can ensure that no project will be left behind. What did a polar bear ever do for me anyway?

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