Friday, September 30, 2005

More on the ESA

First of all, I have to give Tom Davis SOME support here. He voted AGAINST this bill. I may actually send an email to let him know that I support what he did; if he keeps it up, it might be a move in the right direction.

Next, got something from Defenders of Wildlife, and I'm going to be joining in on what they're planning at some level:

Here's the text of the email, links intact:

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would deal a major blow to protections for America’s plants, animals, places and people. However, the vote was close and we are confident that -- with your help -- we can stop this bill in the Senate.

Shortly before 5:30 PM Eastern yesterday, the House voted 229-193 to pass Representative Richard Pombo’s re-write of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This "Wildlife Extinction" bill would dramatically undermine our national commitment to the recovery of endangered plants and animals.

Click here to find out how your Representative voted.

The bill passed only after the House narrowly rejected, by a vote of 216-206, a substitute amendment offered by Representatives George Miller of California and Sherwood Boehlert of New York that would have improved endangered species conservation.

Together, we have fought very hard over the last few weeks for our country’s vanishing wildlife. And I want you to know that we appreciate your efforts -- the vote may not have been so close without your help.

We’re not about to stop fighting now. We have strong allies in the Senate, and we're working with them to ensure victory.

Let me tell you some of what Defenders of Wildlife has planned. In the weeks ahead, we’ll…

Hold Representatives accountable for their votes.
Our elected officials should stand up for the natural legacy we leave to our children, not roll over for greedy developers. In the next few weeks, we’ll place print and radio ads to let people know how their Representative voted on the Pombo bill.

Mobilize grassroots activists for the Senate fight.
At county fairs and local gatherings across the country, our grassroots organizers are doubling their efforts to save the Endangered Species Act.

Build support for wildlife protection on Capitol Hill.
For more than 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected magnificent creatures like the bald eagle, the gray wolf, and the California condor from extinction. We’ll work with Senators of all political stripes to protect and strengthen the law’s record of success.
In the coming weeks, we’ll let you know about other ways you can help us beat back the assault on the Endangered Species Act. In the meantime, please consider making a special donation to support our Campaign to Save the Endangered Species Act.

I want you to know how much Defenders of Wildlife appreciates your support in this important fight. Together, we’ve sent more than 160,000 faxes to the House of Representatives. In the last two days alone, wildlife supporters like you made thousands of calls to Congressional offices. And, with your help, we mobilized activists across the country and placed targeted print and radio ads highlighting the importance of the Endangered Species Act. Your support will be even more critical to a Senate victory for the wildlife we all care about.

Make no mistake. There is a lot at stake, and we must stop the Pombo bill in the Senate. Please consider giving now to support our efforts.

Not only does the bill gut the Endangered Species Act, it also creates a government give-away program to greedy developers and provides new loopholes to make it easier to use deadly pesticides. The pesticides can harm not only wildlife, but also our children, by polluting our lands and waters.

Our children must not pay the price for Mr. Pombo’s reckless disregard for our nation’s wildlife. We’re going to keep fighting, and I hope you will too. Together, we can win.

Posted by crimnos @ 1:30 PM

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Oddly, I haven't heard that much coming from the Sierra Club on this

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 1:47 PM #
 

Interesting, I wonder if it's under their radar?

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 3:38 PM #
 
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