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GOP Trying to WIPE OUT the Endangered Species Act!!!


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Roxy
- 143 days ago - biologicaldiversity.org
Tea Party senators introduced a bill this week that would effectively end the protection of most endangered species in the United States! Senate Bill 1731, introduced by Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Dean Heller, would end protections



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Roxy H. (340)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 10:20 am


For Immediate Release, November 22, 2013

Contact: Brett Hartl, (202) 817-8121

Tea Party Bill Would Eviscerate Endangered Species Act

As America Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Landmark Law, Right-wing Senators Seek to Tear It Apart

WASHINGTON— Tea Party senators introduced a bill this week that would effectively end the protection of most endangered species in the United States and gut some of the most important provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Senate Bill 1731, introduced by Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Dean Heller, would end protections for most of the species that are currently protected by the Act and make it virtually impossible to protect new species under the law. It would also eliminate protection for habitat that’s critical to the survival of rare and struggling animals and plants around the country.

“Here we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act this year, and the Tea Party wants to tear it limb from limb,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s really a sad testament to how out of touch the Tea Party has become with the American people, and how beholden they are to industry special interests that are more interested in profits than saving wildlife, wild places and a livable future for the next generation.”

In its 40-year history, the Endangered Species Act has been more than 99 percent successful at preventing extinction for wildlife under its protection and has put hundreds of plants and animals on the path to recovery, including bald eagles, grizzly bears, whales and sea turtles.

Despite this successful track record, the bill’s most extreme provision would require that every five years all protected species be removed from the list of threatened and endangered species, eliminating all legal protections. No matter how close to extinction they might be, every listed species would then have to wait until Congress passed a joint resolution renewing their protections under the Act for another five years. Five years later, this process would start over again, eliminating all protections until Congress passed another joint resolution.

“The strength of the Endangered Species Act — in fact all of our nation’s environmental laws — comes from the requirement that science, not politics, guide the protection of our wildlife, air and water,” said Hartl. “This bill would allow extreme ideologues in Congress to veto environmental protections for any protected species they wanted, just so they could appease their special-interest benefactors.”

The bill would eliminate all protections for the critical habitat of endangered species and allow state governments to effectively veto any conservation measures designed to protect an imperiled species within their respective state. Meanwhile federal wildlife agencies would need to complete onerous accounting reports to estimate the costs of protecting endangered species rather than completing tangible, on-the-ground conservation activities to protect species and the places they live.

“This bill would devastate species protections and open the door to log, mine and pave some of the last places on Earth where these animals survive,” Hartl said. “It’s a boon for profiteers like the Koch Brothers but will rob every American who values wildlife and wild places.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 625,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.



 

Roxy H. (340)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 10:22 am
NOTE: Like I have said in my group thread : Koch Brothers EXPOSED!!
http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=69461&pst=1751273

“It’s a boon for profiteers like the Koch Brothers but will rob every American who values wildlife and wild places.”
 

Debbie Williamson (244)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 11:11 am
Even worse, it will rob the wildlife of a wild place to live. All I get from my Republican member of Congress on any animal, human rights, or environmental issue is the run around followed by assurances that he will keep my specific comments in mind. Yeah, right.
 

Roseann D. (175)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 11:22 am
Why am I not surprised the corrupt bedfellows of the despicable Tea Party and the evil greedbarons the Koch Bros are behind this. For all the damage the Koch's are inflicting on this country, they should face the firing squad.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 12:05 pm
DON'T BUY KOCH PRODUCTS:



Koch Products & Companies Include:

- American Greetings (Kochs own minority share)
- Angel Soft bathroom tissue
- Angel Soft Ultra tissues
- Brawny paper towels
- Dixie cups (& napkins & plates)
- Insulair cups
- Mardis Gras napkins
- Perfect Touch (cups, paper products)
- Soft 'n Gentle bathroom tissue
- Sparkle paper towels
- Stainmaster
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- Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
- Zee Napkins
- Georgia Pacific products

Home/Office papers:
- Advantage
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Other:
- Guardian Glass (Kochs own 44%)
- Stainmaster
- Lycra
- Teflon

Building supplies:
- Georgia Pacific
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 7:38 am
Shared.
 

Michael Kirkby (80)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 8:20 am
Noted & posted. How about a bounty on all politicians taking lobbyist money from the big corporations?
 

Roger Garin-michaud (60)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 9:30 am
noted, thanks
 

Jason R. (51)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 10:14 am
As they wipe out our democracy.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 11:41 am
Done
 

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 12:29 pm
Like I'm surprised! Vote all republicans and tea baggers out of office in every state at every opportunity. Disgusting and despicable behavior.
 

Ondine J. (124)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 12:48 pm
Done, thanks
 

Avril Lomas (0)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 1:05 pm
Here,s an idea.
LETS WIPE OUT THE TEA PARTY.Throwing them into Boston Harbour would seem appropriate!.
My usual question. Who in their right mind would vote for any of this bunch?(really dumb Americans???)
I would vote to protect for any of our endangered species before I would consider any tea baggers.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 2:23 pm
Damn Republicans.
 

Madhu Pillai (21)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 2:54 pm
Noted
 

Birgit W. (135)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 3:09 pm
Outrageous. Thanks for sharing.
 

Janet R. (34)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 3:42 pm
We have to get rid of those Pee Party, KOCH lovers in Congress. Another waste of government $ to debate a stupid bill that serves no one except the hunters and oil companies and other corporations that want to rape the earth of all its treasure.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 4:45 pm
The GOP are revolting. There is no level that they won't sink to.
 

Dianne D. (450)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 8:51 pm
This is one reason I will not be voting for a single person who is a member of the GOP. I hope the GOP is going to be just a name in the history books. I'm ashamed to have been a member of this party.
 

Carlene V. (201)
Monday November 25, 2013, 5:50 am
Not surprised at this latest attempt to further whore themselves out to the Bros Koch and big oil, etc. Like the Farm Bill that doesn't protect farm animals.
 

Constance F. (434)
Monday November 25, 2013, 8:16 am
I have to believe that the majority of Americans do care about wildlife and our environment, but unfortunately a large majority do not participate or inform themselves. For people who abhor politics ~ there are simple measures in which people can check their state reps/senators standing on issues, especially animal and environmental issues. The Humane Society Legislative Fund and environmental orgs like the Sierra Club present simple scorecards on legislatures standing on bills and policy. It's absolutely essential that people understand who they are voting for; who their state legislators are. As long as a good percentage of the American people lack the incentive to inform themselves, these pandering whores will be voted in.
 

Kathleen R. (201)
Monday November 25, 2013, 8:35 am
None of us is surprised at this. This is one of their targets, along with the EPA, Marine Mammal Protection, Clean air, clean water, anti-pollution laws, OSHA, child labor laws, paying overtime to workers, social security, Medicare, health insurance, vacation and sick time for workers, etc. They are doing it state by state and the federal government here in the US. When the politicians talk about "family values" it's not your family values, it's the Koch Bros., and the 1%.
 

Carmen S. (606)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:58 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Roxy, hope it doesn't pass.
 

Karen Chestney (95)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:29 pm
GOP is a collection of cruel heartless old white men who know they are losers and hate it.!!!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 2:32 pm
thanks
 
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