So far 46,000 online signatures have been gathered by the Center for Biological Diversity to support the re-writing of the Bush administration’s regulations which allow for the emission of greenhouse gases to not be considered as a threat to wildlife habitats and wildlife like the polar bear, even though global warming is clearly harming polar bears.
They also removed the capacity of the Fish and Wildlife service to monitor wildlife conservation impacts for federal projects involving timber sales, and dam construction.
The Bush administration’s revisions to the ESA were a blow to the act, and need to be removed. “These policies eviscerate the central Endangered Species Act process — Fish and Wildlife Service oversight — that has protected endangered species for 35 years, and they exclude the greatest future threat to endangered species — global warming — from consideration under the Act. ” states their website. The Obama administration has said publicly they want to revise Bush’s weakening of the act, but so far the revisions have not taken place. Congress passed legislation granting Secretary of the Interior Salazaar 60 days to rewrite parts of the ESA, but it has not been done yet. There are only about 20 days left to do so.
The Center of Biological Diversity is collecting signatures from the public who want to show their support for strengthening the Endangered Species Act, and protecting the world’s remaining polar bears. Please vist their site and consider signing the online petition.
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