The U.S. House of Representatives is taking direct aim at the Endangered Species Act

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Endangered sea turtles and shorebirds crushed on a National Seashore.

Vast expanses of old-growth forest cut to the ground.

The U.S. House of Representatives is taking direct aim at the Endangered Species Act and decades of protections for wild lands with its latest assault on wildlife.

Urge your U.S. Representative to oppose HR 2578 -- a group of extreme anti-wildlife measures that would slash protections for our most vulnerable wildlife and special places.

The House could vote as early as tomorrow on a monstrous, overreaching bill cobbled together by extremists willing to sacrifice our natural heritage.

This anti-wildlife bill would...

  • Waive Endangered Species Act protections within 100 miles of our borders -- leaving jaguars, ocelots and other rare wildlife without a lifeline;
  • Overturn hard-fought, sensible rules that protect endangered sea turtles and shorebirds from being crushed by vehicles on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
  • Hand over tens of thousands of acres of old-growth forest in the Tongass National Forest to be clearcut by a private corporation. These ancient forests are home to rare pine martens, grizzly bears and other wildlife -- and provide clean water that salmon need to survive.

All told, this terrible bill would take a wrecking ball to our natural heritage.

It would undermine the Endangered Species Act, overturn decades of protections for our most special wild places, waive dozens of laws near our borders and severely weaken the landmark National Environmental Policy Act.

Don't delay -- the House could vote tomorrow. Tell your U.S. Representative to stand up for our wildlife and wild places and oppose HR 2578.

This is just the start of the latest onslaught against our natural heritage. Our wildlife and wild places need your voice now to help stop this anti-conservation bill today.

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That is not anywhere remotely close to describing what this act contains.

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That sucks that the Spotted Owl isn't being delisted.

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Well.....don't just post that it is not anywhere remotely close the describing what this act contains.....YOU tell us what it contains then!

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Well.....don't just post that it is not anywhere remotely close the describing what this act contains.....YOU tell us what it contains then!

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr2578

Reported to House without amendment. (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to decrease the length of a segment of the Lower Merced River in California designated as a wild and scenic river. Revises provisions concerning the water surface level of Lake McClure. Sets a new boundary at the boundary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 2179 as it existed on July 18, 2011.

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Well.....don't just post that it is not anywhere remotely close the describing what this act contains.....YOU tell us what it contains then!

http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43336

H.R. 2578 combines 14 bills approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources. CBO has prepared cost estimates for the following bills:

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Seems most folks don't like to personally look into the actual legislation on which they take activist positions.

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OH REALLY?? HERE IS ACTUAL TEXT FROM THE BILL.........

Under current law, certain portions of the Lower Merced River in California are

designated as wild and scenic under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which specifies

procedures and policies regarding the use of such rivers and adjacent lands. H.R. 2578

would remove that designation from about one-half mile of the river. According to the

Bureau of Land Management (BLM), this change would effectively expand the boundary

of a hydroelectric facility (project number 2179) licensed by the Federal Energy

Regulatory Commission (FERC). <<SO DO YOU SEE NOW WHAT THE COMPLAINT IS? READ THE 1ST POST AGAIN OR DO I NEED TO POST IT FOR YOU AGAIN WITH MORE OF THE TEXT? ? ? HERE IS MORE TEXT FROM THE BILL....

Under current law, DHS has the authority to waive various environmental and land

management laws when conducting certain activities related to border security. The bill

would provide a broad waiver of those laws for all such activities conducted within

100 miles of U.S. land borders and would eliminate the requirement that DHS consult with

DOI and USDA before carrying out those activities. The provisions of the legislation

would expire five years after enactment. SATISFIED YET? ? ? I guess it's ok to drive over baby turtles and baby birds now on the beach! Read this TEXT...

H.R. 4094 would require the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina to be

managed according to the Interim Protected Species Management Strategy/Environmental

Assessment (Interim Strategy) issued by the National Park Service (NPS) on

June 13, 2007, until the NPS issues a new final rule. Under the bill, that final rule cannot

include additional restrictions on pedestrian or motorized access to the seashore beyond

those in the Interim Strategy unless the restrictions are based on peer-reviewed science and

the public has had the opportunity to review and comment on them.

H.R. 4094 would prohibit implementation of the existing final rule entitled “Special

Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras National Seashore—

Off-Road Vehicle Management” and would invalidate the consent decree concerning use

of off-road vehicles at the seashore, which was filed on April 30, 2008. NOW JUST KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!! I am satisfied that the organizations that I am a member of ACTUALLY DO INVESTIGATE the bills but if you have any questions before signing a petition you can look at them for yourself on the internet but don't use that as an excuse not to get involved. I am truely trying to leave a better planet for the next generation and sadly I have to fight for that. You can pick which side you are on. I vote for clean air, clean water,pristine wilderness and a healthy wildlife population.

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June 19, 2012, the House approved the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, H.R. 2578, in a 232-188 vote.

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NOW JUST KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!! I am satisfied that the organizations that I am a member of ACTUALLY DO INVESTIGATE the bills but if you have any questions before signing a petition you can look at them for yourself on the internet but don't use that as an excuse not to get involved. I am truely trying to leave a better planet for the next generation and sadly I have to fight for that. You can pick which side you are on. I vote for clean air, clean water,pristine wilderness and a healthy wildlife population.

Keep up your good work Mrs. Lee. I've been on this site more than eight years and I've observed a never ending stream of trolls that come to post some of the ugliest thoughts on this planet; they cannot be stopped.

One doesn't really have to guess about their motives and their humanity, they demonstrate it with the language they choose and the sneering, disparaging attitudes they project with carefully framed words.

What kind of beings are they to be like that?

Clearly they are not on the side of conserving and preserving the life of the biosphere of this planet. They counter every effort anyone makes to comprehend the damage that's taking place. They counter any sign of support for collective efforts to regulate corporate destruction in order to save the planet from this now 150 year old human cancer.

Why must they kill any spirit that shows a love for life? Why must they work so hard to make it difficult for those of us who have compassion for the life of the planet to communicate with each other so we can remain awake to what their sociopathic institutions are doing to all life on this planet?

Take heart. They are countering you because what you say matters. It threatens them in some way.

But they don't deserve your fine and honorable attention.

After reading their ugly words, lift your eyes from their sewer of language and turn to something like this:

The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and Awakening -- Why is contact with nature so good for us?

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Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. After reading the article from the website you posted I wonder how it is that nature can be such a soul soother to some and to others all they see is the $$$ to be made. What do you think the Kroc brothers see when they look at pristine wilderness? A new hotel? Tar sands or coal? Maybe oil down below? How about gold in those hills? You catch my drift. Sadly I have come to the conclusion that some people will never change their outlook even in the most pristine places.

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I've been around those types enough to know they are like addicted gamblers going into a gambling casino. Everywhere they go they look for angles on how to exploit things and make a profit. They are extremely boring.

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They also have never experienced an unaltered forest with hundreds of years of untrammeled growth, rebirth, and serenity. Their ear drums are shattered from the offroad two-cycles and chainsaws. They also can't swim, and wouldn't know how to shoot a picture. "oh yeh? ah kin chute a pitcher, gimme da bullets".

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I believe you are referring to the one's Bob Altemeyer refers to as 'the authoritarian followers'.

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It's like they have no soul or conscience. Blind to the beauty, deaf to the music of the birds and wind, happy to live in a concrete frabricated jungle with noise pollution all around that drowns out their thoughts. I find living in the city oppressive and I can't wait until I can retire to the country! Hopefully there will still be some clean air, water, solitude and forests left to enjoy. Until then, I will keep trying to protect the wilderness the best I can.

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