Help to Save the Endangered Species Act!

MICHAEL PALENCAR micp at ix.netcom.com
Wed Sep 13 21:39:08 EST 1995


   The ESA needs to be repealed and you posted to the wrong newsgroup.




In <ecology-1309950448470001 at cr230-mac-12.colorado.edu>
ecology at stripe.colorado.edu (Julius Dahne) writes: 
>
>Thursday, September 14 
>is a National Call-In Day 
>to help save the Endangered Species Act.  
>
>H.R. 2275, also known as the Young/Pombo "Extinction Bill," basically
guts
>the protections in the Endangered Species Act as we know it. The bill:
>   
>      -Concentrates most of the power of the Endangered Species Act in
the
>hands of the Secretary of the Interior and turns decisions about
whether
>to list species basically into political footballs.  Currently,
science is
>supposed to be the only factor in deciding whether most species are
>listed.  In the future, if this bill is passed, it would become a
>political issue in the hands of the Secretary of the Interior. 
Remember,
>James Watt was recently our Secretary of the Interior!   
>
>   -Imposes a costly bureaucracy on the Endangered Species Act, making
it
>more difficult to list species as endangered, increasing the chance
that
>they will become extinct before they are even listed.
>
>   -Requires that the cost of actions taken to save species be
estimated. 
>But no effort is required under the bill to estimate the cost of
losing
>species.  In this way, the cost-benefit analyses generated will be
flawed
>from the start.
>
>   -Allows the Secretary of the Interior to do basically nothing to
>protect a species, if he or she so chooses, even if the species is
>endangered.  This guts current protections for endangered species.
>
>
>IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE MORE THAN 700 ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE UNITED
STATES,
>PLEASE CONTACT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES COALTION FOR MORE INFO AT
(202)547-9009, 
>or ask for more infor at the e-mail address: jjontz at audubon.org.  
>
>DO IT NOW.  
>There is no more time to wait.
>
>AND PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE HOUSE ON THURSDAY,
September 14.
>Call (202)224-3121 and ask for your Representative.
>
>And tell your friends.
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>
>Here is the alert I received recently from the Endangered Species
Coalition:
>
>National Call Congress Day; September 14
>
>KEEP YOUR REPRESENTATIVE FROM SIGNING H.R. 2275
>        THE YOUNG/POMBO "EXTINCTION" BILL
>
>-------------
>When to call:
>-------------
>
>Thursday, September 14
>>From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time
>------------
>Who to call:
>------------
>
>The Capitol Hill switchboard is (202)224-3121;
>call and ask for your Representative
>
>------------
>What to say:
>------------
>
>H.R. 2275 WILL "ROLL BACK THE ESA," JUST SAY NO!
>
>---------------
>H.R. 2275 WILL:
>---------------
>
>Allow the Secretary of the Interior to choose extinction.
> The H.R. 2275 would end this Nation's long-standing commitment to
>        ensuring that our great diversity of fish, wildlife, and plant
>        species is passed to future generations.  Under the bill, the
>        Secretaries of Interior and Commerce would no longer be
required
>        to attempt to recover imperiled species.
>
>Pays off landowners for complying with stewardship obligations.
>        The H.R. 2275 contains "takings" language that would create a
huge
>        new entitlement program for anyone who complies with the ESA.
>        Under H.R. 2275, the ESA could not be enforced to prevent a
>        landowner from destroying spawning habitat relied upon by
>        endangered salmon and by thousands of downstream commercial
and
>        recreational anglers -- unless the landowner is paid off by
the
>        government.
>
>Eliminates essential habitat protections.
>        The H.R. 2275 would overrule the recent Sweet Home Supreme
Court
> decision.
>
>Imposes costly bureaucracy and delay.
>        The H.R. 2275 calls for enormous hurdles before listing a
species.
>        The taxpayers would foot the bill for not only these costs,
but
>        the costs in recovering more species later.
>
>Shrinks protection of habitat on public lands.
>        Under the guise of creating a "National Biological Diversity
>        Reserve" the bill would be able to dramatically eliminate
>        protection of biodiversity on public lands.
>
>                DON'T DELAY, CALL TODAY!!




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