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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <Anne.Woiwode@sierraclub.org>

March 27, 2007

Kristina Johnson (415) 977-5619

           Bush proposes dismantling the Endangered Species Act
       Statement of Sean Cosgrove, Sierra Club Senior Representative

"Today several news accounts have exposed what many wildlife agency
managers and conservationists have known for years--the Bush administration
is on a multi-year campaign to completely dismantle endangered species
protections by suppressing scientific data and undermining the work of
wildlife biologists. Internal copies of Department of Interior
deliberations uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity and Public
Employees for Environmental Ethics show that the Bush administration's
draft regulations constitute a sweeping, across the board re-write for
endangered species protection."

"This kind of secretive policy making is the hallmark of the Bush
administration's anti-environmental attacks.. Salon.com reports that even
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall was involved in the cover-up,
telling other Fish and Wildlife Service employees to keep the documents
secret so as not to 'stir up discontent.'"

"At a time when species like the polar bear are increasingly threatened by
global warming, we need to strengthen the Endangered Species by promoting
science, not politics. Increased oil and gas drilling, poor management of
salmon recovery program and rivers, and policies that promote global
warming are all threats that have greatly increased in the last six years.
There has also been less funding for vital fish and wildlife programs."
"We have had far too much of this administration undermining the hard work
of career wildlife professionals, and exploiting the public's goodwill
toward wildlife protection. The Bush administration is simply trying to
complete in secret the work of destroying endangered species protections
that former Congressman Richard Pombo could not do in the public arena. We
need Congress to put a stop to the Bush administration's new regulations
and we need Bush administration political appointees to be held accountable
for undermining their own employees."

Kristina Johnson
Associate Press Secretary
Sierra Club
Office: (415) 977-5619
Cell: (541) 914-9744
85 Second Street - 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3459

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