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Beryl
- 266 days ago - xerces.org
under this new proposal from the Trump administration, listing decisions would be coupled with a study on the economic impacts (not benefits) to listing the species.An economic impact analysis could easily influence ;'( see first comment.



   

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Beryl L (78)
Friday August 31, 2018, 12:18 am
The ESA was signed by a Republican president, after passing through Congress with nearly universal bipartisan support. Public support for the ESA continues to be high. In fact, according to Ohio State University, three recent studies show that, on average, approximately 83 percent of the public—more than 4 out of 5 people—supports the ESA.
Despite such overwhelming support for this landmark legislation, the current administration is actively threatening to weaken the ESA using administrative rule changes and bypassing the congressional process where these significant and lasting changes would be debated in the public eye.

One of the hallmark sections of the ESA is that decisions must be made “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available” and “without reference to possible economic or other impacts of such determination.” These requirements ensure that potential economic impacts of an ESA listing do not stop a species from getting the protection it needs.
Act now, and have your voice heard. We suggest you take two actions: (1) Enter a comment in the Federal Register logging your opposition to these proposed changes; and (2) contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators to let them know that you oppose any changes to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Step 1: Enter a comment in the Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official record of government and the channel through which changes are announced and public comments accepted. The comment period for the proposed changes to the ESA ends on September 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. We need to let the federal government know that we DO NOT support this proposed rule change, nor the weakening of the Endangered Species Act.

Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
In the Search box, enter FWS–HQ–ES–2018–0006, which is the docket number for this rulemaking.
Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document.
You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”
Below is an example comment that could be filed. Please write your own comment or use any of the language below.

I strongly oppose the proposed rule changes to the Endangered Species Act proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Despite the claim from politicians that only a minority of species have recovered after endangered species listing, the fact is the Endangered Species Act is our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction, and has prevented 99 percent of listed species from going extinct. Weakening the Act with the proposed changes will have dramatic implications for species conservation at a time when the threats to all species are increasing, and an increasing number of species are imperiled.

I especially oppose that listing decisions would be coupled with a study on the economic impacts (not benefits) to listing the species. An economic impact analysis could easily influence listing decisions, not to mention be a waste of taxpayer funds.

The Endangered Species Act is a hallmark piece of legislation that has had tremendous benefits for this nation’s iconic wildlife. The proposed changes to the ESA would weaken the law, change the clearly stated and intended purpose of the law, and have negative lasting impacts on our environment for future generations. For these reasons, I strongly oppose the suggested changes.


Hine’s emerald (Somatochlora hineana); listed as endangered. The only dragonfly to have federal protection under the ESA. (Photo: Paul Burton / USFWS.)

Step 2: Contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators to let them know that you oppose any changes to the Endangered Species Act.

Find your member(s) of Congress here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members. From there you can find their contact information.

The most effective way to let your legislators know that you care is by calling. Here is some suggested text for your phone call:

“I am calling to let {Representative or Senator} _________________ know how I feel about the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is a hallmark piece of legislation that places the United States at the forefront of species protection and science-based conservation. There have been several proposed pieces of legislation that would weaken the Endangered Species Act. I would like {Representative or Senator} _________________ to know that I am strongly against any changes that would weaken the Endangered Species Act. The best way to get a species off the endangered list is to fully fund the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, and allow it to do its job of recovering species.”



Thank you for speaking out on behalf of disappearing wildlife!



By Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist

Tags: bumble bee conservation, Butterflies, conservation, Endangered Species, freshwater mussels



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Beryl L (78)
Friday August 31, 2018, 12:23 am
Please check this out again if you haven't already.. At least noted some of it reaches Front Page News. Bees and butterflies and pollinators of my passion. This policy needs your help you know who the orange-haired idiot is not going to support the ESA. If you can do this we can save this act from being entered into his present Administration if you can call it that. As far as I'm concerned. Thank you people your friend, and Warrior, for peace change and vote blue no matter who.
 

Dogan O (2)
Friday August 31, 2018, 12:24 am
noted and signed
 

S J (124)
Friday August 31, 2018, 3:38 am
Mmeowwwaber
 

Animae C (508)
Friday August 31, 2018, 3:41 am
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1k2-955m-pzqb

Shared
Thanx Beryl
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 31, 2018, 5:20 am
Done.....The Trump Administration will in a few short years, undo what it took millions of people to put in place.
 

divergent revolution (309)
Friday August 31, 2018, 7:13 am
tybbss
 

Sally A (64)
Friday August 31, 2018, 9:44 am
Thank you Beryl. Noted and signed.
 

Melania P (123)
Friday August 31, 2018, 10:53 am
We need the ESA more than ever, the animals and nature need it!
 

Maryann S (112)
Friday August 31, 2018, 11:03 am
Done...
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday August 31, 2018, 11:32 am
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1k2-955u-6l5t
Thanks Beryl
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2018, 12:34 pm
thank you for speaking out on behalf of disappearing wildlife...

thank you Beryl...
 

TomCat S (125)
Friday August 31, 2018, 1:39 pm
Thanks Beryl 😻
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1k2-955w-8ihk
 

wendy k (163)
Friday August 31, 2018, 1:41 pm
all done, thanks Beryl xxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Raleigh k (358)
Friday August 31, 2018, 10:08 pm
done shared ty Beryl
 

penny C (83)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 3:20 am
Done.
 

SylvieBusy A (190)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 3:43 am
Done. Thank you
 

Ann B (76)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 6:30 am
noted
 

Danuta W (1251)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 6:34 am
noted
 

Ben O (131)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 7:16 am
Done. And, I wonder HOW many petitions I've signed...???
 

Richard A (2)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 8:05 am
Thank you.
 

Marija Mohoric (25)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 9:02 am
Thank you Beryl.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 10:58 am
Signed
 

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday September 1, 2018, 11:04 am
Comment Tracking Number: 1k2-956i-a60z
 

Danny van Huizen (32)
Sunday September 2, 2018, 1:16 am
Noted. US only.
 

Barbara B (38)
Sunday September 2, 2018, 9:50 am
Dear Beryl,
thank you for sharing.
Hope Mr. Trump will come back to his Bleak Home!
 

Millie O (153)
Tuesday September 4, 2018, 1:06 am
Done. Thanks, Beryl.
 

Angela K (374)
Thursday March 14, 2019, 1:23 am
Thank you for speaking out on behalf of disappearing wildlife!
 
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