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The Continuing War on the Endangered Species Act

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In yet another attempt to cement its "legacy" before the election, the Bush administration has proposed changes to the regulatory implementation of the Endangered Species Act. Apparently having to list the polar bear has sent them off the deep end:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...mail/components

 

The crux of the issue is that they are trying to remove an important step in the review process for federal projects. Note that they have only given 30 days for public comment (normally they give more) on this one AND have not made arrangements to accept comments by e-mail. To comment, you must either send a paper letter or find your way through the regulations.gov portal. To help you out, here's the link to the comment area:

 

http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/comp...R9-ES-2008-0093

 

Mike

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Thank you Mike for bringing this to our attention! This is heinous and it should be brought to everyones attention! I really hope the American people do not let this one slide by. Unbelivable!

 

Write what you think about the propsed rule here: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/comp...R9-ES-2008-0093

 

What The Ocean Conservancy has to say here: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/site/News2...news_iv_ctrl=-1

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Thank you Mike for bringing this to our attention! This is heinous and it should be brought to everyones attention! I really hope the American people do not let this one slide by. Unbelivable!

 

Write what you think about the propsed rule here: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/comp...R9-ES-2008-0093

 

What The Ocean Conservancy has to say here: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/site/News2...news_iv_ctrl=-1

As I post a comment, seems like one's comment is not likely to be heard on this government forum. Anyone aware of any petitions etc, Ocean Conservancy does not appear to have one?

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Earth Justice has made up an action email for this. Very easy to fill out and send:

 

http://action.earthjustice.org/campaign/action_esandk_0808/

Hey Bryce sorry to be so dense but who do I send it to, I don't see an e-mail address. When I click on the link it says you've already sent it in.

Steve

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Thanks Matt, always on the ball! Even I can figure this one out!

Steve

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Sadly, according to what Interior has posted, they are only accepting comments in hard copy (snail mail) and from the regulations.gov site. This is an obvous attempt to make sure that 1) it is harder for people to comment and 2) automated e-mails generated by the sites like those used by many activist organizations carry less weight or can be ignored. While it never hurts to go to the automated site and press the send button, I know -- from talking to staffers who work on the Hill -- that they don't pay a lot of attention to the automated e-mails that all look alike. However, take the time to hand write a letter and mail it and you are likely to get some acknowledgement. In the absence of that, at the very least adding a comment at the governnment site gets you into the public record. Finally, sending an e-mail to the political appointee who is in charge of neutering the ESA -- while certainly worth a bit of effort on the off chance the public embarrassment will have an effect on him -- is a bit like e-mailing a wolf and espousing the virtues of vegetarianism. Send notes to your Congresspeople. They're the ones who can make the most political hay out of this.

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Thought I'd update the buffoonery and outright shamelessness that is the government's handling of this issue:

 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/poli...syndication=rss

 

I would also emphasize again here, that sending in those web-generated form letters and e-mails DOES VERY LITTLE GOOD! If you read the article carefully, you'll see that the Interior Department plans to go through 200,000 comments in the 32 work hours they've been given. The article also states that 300,000 comments were submitted but 100,000 were form letters. You do the math . . .

 

Mike

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