Sunday, February 08, 2004

The endangered Endangered Species Act

Smoky Mountain News | Outdoors Endangered species are indicators of the health of our environment. Their decline alerts us to the fact that the quality of some of the basic elements, elements that we depend on - air, land and water - are being compromised. When we protect endangered species and conserve our natural habitats, we protect ourselves and conserve our own communities.

George H.W. Bush apparently trusted and supported these and other scientists by listing, as endangered, an average of 58 species per year during his term in office. The Clinton administration likewise heeded the call of conservationists and listed an average of 68 species per year. Then George W. Bush took the reins. Since 2001 this administration has listed 25 species, all under court order.

I wish G.W. was more like dad.

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