Last minute Bush rules changes threaten American wildlife
Last-minute changes to the Endangered Species Act just announced by the Bush administration will dramatically weaken and limit the use of the landmark wildlife protection law, according to scientists and attorneys at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The Bush plan ignores more than 300,000 comments received from outraged citizens across the country and exposes America’s most vulnerable plants and animals to new threats.
Andrew Wetzler, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Endangered Species Program has this to say about it:
“This administration has rejected anything with a whiff of science — so before sulking out the back door, they are going after rules that require Fish and Wildlife Service scientists to prevent harm to our last wild animals and places. Despite today’s (Dec. 11) feel-good statements, we remained convinced that these changes are illegal. We will look at the final language when it is published tomorrow (Dec. 12), but I think we will see them in court.”
Wetzler has blogged extensively about this latest attack on one of America’s bedrock environmental laws. His ESA blog postings are available at http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/awetzler
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and on-line activists. /Gary