Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Threatened and EndangeredHouse Bill 3824, named in the usual Republican stealth fashion "Threatened and Endangered Species Act," has passed out of Committee and is now on the House floor. It is supposed to be voted on this week. I wrote several posts about this bill and its intentions (which involve, of course, opening more critical habitat for threatened and endangered species to developers, loggers, miners, drillers, ranchers etc.) when it was being discussed in committee early in the summer. They are here, here and here, if you missed them the first time.
The Endangered Species Act was signed into law in 1973 by Richard Nixon, at a time when a Republican president was capable of saying this: "Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed." It was fundamentally true when Nixon said it in 1973, and it is still just as true today. Please go to the Environmental Species Coalition site, follow the links to read talking points, then call (it's too late for writing) your representatives THIS MORNING. Tell them you are one of the majority of Americans who support maintaining a strong and integral ESA, that you do not support the passage of this bill. If you don't know who your representatives are, or how to get in touch, go here to find out.
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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