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The Tea Party Hits a New Low With Attack on Endangered Species

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Govtfearmongering, GOP, Endangered species act, animals, Koch Brothers, usa, war, propaganda, lies, ethics )

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Hopefully this bill and the Tea Party's efforts to gut the ESA will be the next to go extinct. Meanwhile, please contact your representative and ask them to oppose the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act

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Sheila D (194)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:29 pm
They just won't quit...please, vote these bozos out.

roxy H (350)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:34 pm
While conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) last week, Tea Party members were busy working on a bill to gut the act, which will put the most vulnerable plants and animals at even more risk.

The ESA was enacted in 1973 in an effort to protect the plants and animals on the verge of disappearing. It is administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), whose ultimate goal is to recover imperiled species to the point they no longer need to be listed by protecting critical habitat and preventing “take” and trade of protected species through partnerships with federal and state agencies, private landowners and conservation organizations, among others.

How successful it’s been might depend on who you ask, but according to the FWS the ESA has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species it has protected since its inception and has helped hundreds of others on the road to recovery, from California’s Southern sea otter and bald eagles to grizzly bears, black-footed ferrets and gray wolves. It’s now protecting more than 1,400 species in the U.S. and 600 foreign species, while many others still wait for determinations to be made about their future.

Even if preventing extinction isn’t enough for some to define a success, 40 years is a small window of time in the grand scheme of things. By some estimates it could take 25 years or longer for a species to fully recover.

Unfortunately for special interest groups, protecting species puts up roadblocks to development, which has led to politics sneaking into decisions that are supposed to be based purely on science.

Last week, Tea Party Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Dean Heller introduced a bill that would gut the ESA and end protections for most of the species currently listed, make it harder to list new species and require that every five years threatened and endangered species are kicked off the list, regardless of how they’re doing, until Congress passes a joint resolution renewing their protection for another five years, at which point they’ll be kicked off again.

“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.”

According to the Center, the bill would also eliminate all protections for critical habitat and allow state governments to veto conservation measures that are designed to protect imperiled species. Federal agencies would also be weighed down with requirements to complete reports estimating the costs of protecting species, instead of spending time on working on tangible conservation actions.

“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 IUCN just updated its Red List of Threatened Species after assessing more than 71,000 species from around the world and concluded that more than 21,000 are threatened with extinction. It’s still only a small sample of the total number of species on earth, but the number of threatened ones has been growing and offers us a glimpse of how healthy the ecosystems they live in are. We should be looking for ways to improve protections and working harder than ever to protect imperiled plants and animals for their own sake, but also because without a healthy ecosystem we won’t thrive either.

Hopefully this bill and the Tea Party’s efforts to gut the ESA will be the next to go extinct. Meanwhile, please contact your representative and ask them to oppose the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:43 pm

Solitary Eagle (324)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:52 pm
Exactly what Natasha said.

Nicolas N (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 12:27 pm
very unintelligent human beings with no compassion . They belong on MARS wehre there's nothing to destroy or kill.

Malgorzata Z (200)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 12:37 pm
nie można dopuścić do wyginięcia zagrożonych gatunków

Patsy Olive (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 12:58 pm
I hope these people ( Tea Party ) can live with themselves when all the animals & birds are gone.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 1:04 pm

Mike M (40)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 1:52 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 1:54 pm
I agree with Nicolas

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:00 pm
Nicolas Nasrallah says it all. Thanks.

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:03 pm
They are terrorists in my opinion and need to be dealt with as such.

Lynne B (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:15 pm
They are so pathetic.

. (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:23 pm
Noted & posted

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:45 pm
So do I!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:46 pm
I mean I also agree with Nicolas. He says it all in just a few words.

Barbara V (51)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:23 pm
I'm not surprised, are you? These idiots are the worst thing that's ever happened to the government--I mean THE worst. They are a coven of brainless fundamentalists who hate women, so it doesn't surprise me that they'd start a war on animals. I think it's our responsibility as citizens to vote out the Repug hierarchy before they successful deprive us of a decent life. They are all undereducated hooligans determined to control and destroy..

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:27 pm
I can say nothing good about the Tea Party Republicans.

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:37 pm
There was once upon a time the Boston Tea Party when they threw the tea into the water. This time we should just throw the Tea Party in and that would be the party. i live in Boston and would be glad to reenact the tea party only using actual members instead. Boston has worked hard ti clean up the water though and they might pollute it..g

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:10 pm
Typical bullies...they pick on those who are least able to defend themselves. Revolting creatures...a big waste of skin...

Laura H (964)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:03 pm
The Queen of all of this destruction is Palin; she keeps collecting money from her 'fans'; SHUT THE EVIL WITCH DOWN.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:18 am

Ben O (153)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:09 am
The Tea Party hits a new low...HOW is that possible...???

David C (129)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:57 am
Tea Party is awful

David C (129)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:58 am
SPAM reported, please keep reporting!

Lona G (79)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 8:16 am
Noted, commented on site and SPAM reported

Ruth C (87)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 9:18 am
You said it Natasha.

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 11:37 am
thanks for sharing

Robert O (12)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 11:59 am
Thanks Roxy. those tea-partiers are nothing but evil.

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 1:07 pm
Thanks to all for their great comments. Mars is it for the likes of all of them.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 2:33 pm
Damn Republicans.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:30 pm
Thanks and noted

Billie Wills (37)
Friday December 6, 2013, 7:55 am

Karen Chestney (112)
Monday December 9, 2013, 8:28 pm
Thanks...This is important. It figures...Teabaggers are Koch Bros. puppets.! ...and the bottom line is always MONEY.! This bill can not be allowed to pass. That would be disastrous not only for the plants and animals..... but also for us humans. This bill is a big NO-NO.!!!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 1:14 pm
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