11 August 2008

Old and Busted: The Endangered Species Act...

New Hotness: Watching An Animal Die In Your Front Yard

"The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants."

Please read the article because it will explain the situation better than i can.

What it boils down to is this, attorneys for federal agencies like the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management etc. have decided that for construction projects, drilling, mining, et al, it is too costly and time consuming to go through the process of determining whether or not a plant or animal is in danger.

This is honestly, the most insane thing i have heard in a long time. This allows folks that benefit from the construction/drilling/mining etc., to decide if there are any animals or plants in the way. And look, i am not saying that independent scientists wouldnt allow these projects to pass, just that they would force their clients to mitigate the threats. Maybe move around the nest of the bald eagle. Maybe revegitate the area after work is done. We are not talking about shutting down projects, we are talking about making sure we dont kill off plants and animals that are threatened.

I could go on and on about how silly this is. About how insulting it is to hear attorneys declare what is best for endangered species. That it takes too long and costs too much. Yes is does cost a lot, and that is the price we pay for building houses in the woods and mining for coal. It is the price we pay for skiing in fresh powder and roads that get us there. It's the price we pay for water in the summers and heat in the winters.

This is a complete slap in the face of an act that has protected hundreds of animals from extinction. It is completely audacious....I am nearly speechless.

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