Friday, September 30, 2005

Hart protects DeLay but not Endangered Species

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If today's Republicans were in power 30 years ago, the bald eagle would probably be extinct today. Yesterday our Congresswomen once again sided with the radical right to continue the dismantling of environmental protections, protections that a majority of Americans support. If it's not broke, don't fix it.

From the Seattle Times:

The House yesterday approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of the landmark 1973 Endangered Species Act, perhaps the nation's most powerful environmental law.
By a vote of 229-193, lawmakers passed legislation that could greatly expand private-property rights under the environmental law that is credited with helping keep the bald eagle from extinction, but that has led to battles over species such as the spotted owl, the snail darter and the red-legged frog.

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Require Interior secretary to define what "best available science" is in regard to endangered-species protection. Currently, it is defined by scientific community. Repeal provision that protects endangered species from pesticides.

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Dicks added, "It's going to be a 2006 elections issue." Democrats in the state delegation supported the substitute amendment. Rep. Jim McDermott said the Endangered Species Act is now on the endangered-species list.

Reichert voted against the amendment and against the bill. "He heard a lot about this from his district," said his press secretary. "Even the amendment didn't have enough protection in it for him."

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Susan Holmes, senior legislative representative at Earthjustice, said the bill amounted to "the death warrant for treasured American wildlife."

"If the Senate fails to do the right thing and reject this bill, America stands to lose hundreds of species of rare plants and animals," she said.


They want the Interior Secretary to define what "best available science" is? What's the criteria for that? Whatever nutjob belief the secretary chooses? When are we going to bring some sanity back to our Government?

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