US Bush administration threatens endangered species


From Scientific American:

April 23, 2007

Slide Show: Hundreds of Troubled Species Await Official Protection

Making the endangered species list isn’t easy when the queue is 280 species long

By Coco Ballantyne

View the slide show of threatened species that have yet to make it onto the endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and its parent agency, the Department of the Interior, have lately come under fire for their management the Endangered Species Act.

Last week a document was leaked that reveals plans to revise the law without prior congressional approval.

While agency officials claim that the proposed changes would improve the act’s consistency and clarity, environmental groups contend that they would loosen restrictions on timber and other industries, undermine wildlife protections, and reduce the total number of federally protected species.

Within days of the leak, federal investigators sent a report to Congress revealing that a high-ranking Interior Department official has been altering reports written by scientists, effectively weakening safeguards for vulnerable species.

None of it sounds like good news for the plants and animals sheltered by the Endangered Species Act.

But what about all the species imperiled but not yet protected?

Currently, there are 280 species whose populations appear to be in trouble but remain in limbo, awaiting the government’s verdict: to list, or not to list.

“It’s a huge, long, [bureaucratic] process” that takes years, explains Valerie Fellows, spokesperson for the Fish & Wildlife Service. Currently, two species are proposed for listing, meaning that they are under active consideration; another 278 remain on the candidate list, which is the waiting list for proposal.

What are some of these proposed and candidate species?

The slide show [gone now, UPDATE June 2011] showed many species, from polar bears to Miami blue butterflies to Nanu gardenia flowers of Hawaii.

4 thoughts on “US Bush administration threatens endangered species

  1. The high level of ignorance and lack of objectivity about the “global warming” issue is more than troublesome; it is demonstrably dangerous to us all. There is hardly a day that goes by without even more news of corruption within the agenda/money driven “warmers” scientific community, yet they/you plow ever onward with complete disregard of the truth. It should be clear to anyone with a clear mind and an honest purpose that, at the very least, the science is flawed and contradictory. Does it not give you a moment of doubt that there are now more scientists who oppose the “Gore model” than support it? Please step back and reconsider the real evidence and join in open, unbiased debate instead of stubbornly clinging to a highly-questionable idea for the sake of being right.

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  2. Hi “Mac”, apparently you commented on this blog post without reading what it is about.

    This post is not about global warming, but about endangered species and the Bush administration.

    “Agenda/money driven”? You mean the flat earth pseudo-scientific climate change denialists, prostitutes of ExxonMobil and other Big Oil; including yourself?

    Your assertion that most scientists are supposedly global warming denialists is ridiculous, and “wisely” for you, you do not try to prove it. Reading the overwhelming majority of the writing of relevant scientists here (climatologists, biologists), or Scientific American or New Scientist, gives quite another impression.

    Just like the overwhelming majority of scientists do not believe in the creationist gobbledegook of your “heroine” Sarah Palin.

    Well, Palin lost the election. And you have apparently stopped writing at your own blog.

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