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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

God Damn That Man, God Damn Him To Hell

Inside the secretive plan to gut the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is maneuvering to fundamentally weaken the Endangered Species Act, its strategy laid out in an internal 117-page draft proposal obtained by Salon. The proposed changes limit the number of species that can be protected and curtail the acres of wildlife habitat to be preserved. It shifts authority to enforce the act from the federal government to the states, and it dilutes legal barriers that protect habitat from sprawl, logging or mining.

"The proposed changes fundamentally gut the intent of the Endangered Species Act," says Jan Hasselman, a Seattle attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, who helped Salon interpret the proposal. "This is a no-holds-barred end run around one of America's most popular environmental protections. If these regulations stand up, the act will no longer provide a safety net for animals and plants on the brink of extinction."

Have not heard about that. I'm not a fan of destroying any species but neither am I a fan of tipping the scales so far the other way that breathing becomes a crime. I'm of the impression that man and animal can coexist with a little common sense. I'm also very leary when I see a statement by a group with a name like Earth Justice.

I've often wondered why there can't be a middle ground? Why does it have to be one way or the other...on either side?

Well, for starters, (and not that I'm missing the sensible nature of the "1 way or the other" question) because when we wipe out a species, it is gone. Forever. Not coming back so tough-shit if we find out how integral it was to something we didn't yet understand.

c'est la vie doesn't work where there is no life as such.

I gotta read the Salon. 2nd time I've heard of it but keep forgetting to check it out.

Thx. L8

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