Just when you thought the environment had already suffered a setback from the Bush Administration’s “see no evil” stance on global warming, it’s about to take one more for the team, as Bush wants to rollback wildlife protections.
Naturally, environmentalists are alarmed as they believe that Bush’s changes would severely weaken the act and jeopardize 80 percent of the 1300 species now classified as endangered.
Mike Daulton of the National Audubon Society heavily criticized the move and sent an email stating: "The public is clamoring for conservation solutions to problems like energy and global warming and what they're getting are half-baked ideas like gutting the Endangered Species Act and shutting down wildlife refuges."
A fifteen question letter was also sent to Dirk Kempthorne who is Secretary of the Department of the Interior which was signed by senators: Bernard Sanders of Vermont, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Barbara Boxer of California, and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. The letter presses for no further action until full responses to the questions are given within a month.
This does not bode well for the animals that are on the ‘endangered species’ list, and according to a report titled "Restoring America's Wildlife Legacy 2007," wildlife refuges are already operating at half
of the funding needed to be properly maintained.