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Ear to the Ground

The Endangered Species Act Is Endangered

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Posted on Aug 12, 2008
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The agencies responsible for the welfare of endangered species are proposing rule changes that would cut through all the red tape keeping animals such as the bald eagle alive. True to the administration’s tradition of considering the fox before the hen house, officials hope the changes will assist frustrated developers.


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If approved, the changes would represent the biggest overhaul of the Endangered Species Act since 1988. They would accomplish through regulations what conservative Republicans have been unable to achieve in Congress: ending some environmental reviews that developers and other federal agencies blame for delays and cost increases on many projects.

The changes would apply to any project a federal agency would fund, build or authorize. Government wildlife experts currently perform tens of thousands of such reviews each year.

“If adopted, these changes would seriously weaken the safety net of habitat protections that we have relied upon to protect and recover endangered fish, wildlife and plants for the past 35 years,” said John Kostyack, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Conservation and Global Warming initiative.

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By yellowbird2525, August 17, 2008 at 1:11 am Link to this comment

Ronald Reagan said “you have seen one tree, you have seen them all! and was for cutting down all trees; he also said Corporations should not have to pay taxes; now we are paying their taxes on top of being illegally taxed; the PEOPLE of this nation were never to have been taxed; the $ from big business was to pay for it all; instead they bought & paid for Congress; and sad but true unless the citizens of the USA ever wake up & break the IMAGE that is FALSE of the US GOV from what they have been “taught” to believe: so will go all the trees; no wonder all other countries call us morons & wonder why we put up with being slaves who are poisoned daily by the Corps; China’s little items are nothing compared to what our Gov pours down us daily; for the sister Corps Pharma; to the FDA who is simply forever denying Americans the TRUTH; growth hormones in babys formulas along with other toxins; in childrens shampoos & all kinds of foods; deoderants, soaps, laundry soaps; our homes are full of toxic waste; we & our children won’t be around to see the demise of the trees anyway. And no one seems to even CARE!

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By purplewolf, August 14, 2008 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment

Blackspeare: Have you ever heard of the over the counter drug Quinine? You have to ask the pharmacist for it, but it is used for malaria and it also knocks a cold out of you when you feel one coming on. You do not need a doctor’s order to purchase this drug. It used to cost about $6.00 for 25 pills, but that was before the drug companies got all greedy. There are also other drugs out there for malaria.

Now most people have heard that frogs and toads all over the world are becoming endangered and in many cases extinct. You say, what does this have to do with anything, well it’s the same creatures, along with birds, bats, fish and even cats and other creatures that consume tons of disease causing insects every day/night.

As stated in my first post on this article. If man learned to live in balance in his environment instead of trying to dominate and destroy it, we might not be in the current situation we face today. As go with the animals, so goes with man.

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By Alyssa, August 14, 2008 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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Nope these animals are screwed, but hey think of all the benefits! Yeah, I can’t think of too many either. Better analogies?
http://www.236.com/blog/w/lee_camp/in_defense_of_bushs_plan_to_gu_8282.php
Sure.

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By Jonathan Talbot, August 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone who is unclear why defending the right of the public to participate in government decisions about the environment is important, or the specifics of what a good process looks like in different countries, is invited to check out a new publication from the World Resourcs Institute called “Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy.” It’s available for free download here:

http://www.accessinitiative.org/resource/voice-and-choice-opening-door-environmental-democracy

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By Gmonst, August 13, 2008 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

Blackspeare,

DDT is still used in some countries to combat mosquitoes.  Its effectiveness against mosquitoes does not override the potential harm it can do to humans and the environment.  Further than that, the widespread use of the pesticide has made many strains of mosquitoes resistant to DDT, so malaria rates rose despite its use. You seem to imply that there is racism in DDT bans and environmental concern, but the simple fact is that some countries still use DDT and some have stopped because it no longer works.  The widespread agricultural use in addition to harming the environment, actually precipitates resistant mosquitoes and thus makes the problem worse.  Its obviously a bad substance that should be used only sparingly, which it is by those countries that choose to do so.  To make the claim that environmental protection in the United States wastes human lives is absurd.

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By Blackspeare, August 13, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

What people don’t understand and is lost in the annals of time is the waste and slaughter of human lives created by a world gone crazy by over-concern for “endangered species”!  When the world accepted Rachel Carlson’s diatribe (Silent Spring) on the alleged harm wrought by the pesticide DDT it doomed millions to death.  DDT is still the most effective pesticide, both in cost and efficacy, against the Anopheles mosquito.  By banning the use of such anti-malarial agents tens of millions of people have unnecessarily perished from the disease, but they’re mostly native dark skinned people so no problem I guess or aren’t humans endangered enough.

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By Gmonst, August 13, 2008 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

I am getting really sick of all this.  These people wrap themselves in the flag and parade around as “true patriots” but their actions show that they actually hate this country and the people in it.  At every turn they come out rallying for changes that only increase their selfish desires.  They don’t care about this country, the people in it, the environment which composes it, or anything else but their short-sided selfish desires.  Lowered taxes for the rich, eviscerated environmental protections, wars of aggression for corporate gain, destruction of civil liberties, enemies of regulation in charge of regulatory agencies, and to top it off kidnapping and torture.  These people only care about themselves, yet they have the audacity to call themselves patriots.  These are spoiled brats run amok, it is truly shocking to see how blatantly they show their contempt for this country and everything it stands for.  They are to the point of being nothing more than caricatures of diabolical villains, always on the side of evil greed over any shred of decency toward the people of this country (let alone the world at large), the government of this country, or the natural beauty of this country.  Shameless about it to the end as well.  Still playing like they care, like they love this country, or anything it stands for.  Its incredulousness at its most extreme.  It would be funny, if Dr. Evil and company weren’t really running the place.

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By Ed, August 13, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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I’m truly tired of this unrestrained greed and complete disregard for our fellow creatures. I hope Earth First torches more developments. Maybe I’ll send them a donation.

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By Sang Ze, August 13, 2008 at 4:14 am Link to this comment
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At last we can have eagle pie for breakfast, with a snack of plover on the side.

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By Jim Houston, August 13, 2008 at 12:49 am Link to this comment

What an incredibly sad addition to the tragic Bush legacy, yanking the carpet out from under the living symbol of the republic that he has so betrayed. I would think Americans would be taking to the streets in outrage—but then, they elected this man. January can’t come soon enough.

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By G.Anderson, August 12, 2008 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment

What I’m seeing here is the result of a man who believes that he should be allowed to impose his will, over the will of the people.

A man who believes that Democracy, is ok, as long as the votes are his way, but if they are not, well then, he will find a way to make sure they don’t count for much.

This is the way it’s been since he took office, in Iraq, and in Washington.

President Bush dosen’t believe in Democracy, he believes in dictatorship, propaganda, and manipulation.

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By purplewolf, August 12, 2008 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could replace all those endangered species on the list with the politicians instead? It may be only way to get rid of them.

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By purplewolf, August 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

AFTER THE LAST ANIMAL IS DESTROYED, THE LAST TREE CUT DOWN AND THE LAST OF THE WATERS POLLUTED, ONLY THEN WILL YOU REALIZE YOU CANNOT EAT MONEY!

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