By Bob Berwyn
Radical anti-environmental House Republicans are once again on the march against endangered species protections. In a hearing this week, the GOP renewed its attacks against the bulwark environmental law, retreading the same arguments that have been rejected by the American people more than once.
The message trotted out by right-wingers like Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) doesn’t change much from year to year: Grow the economy, create jobs, but it’s really driven by a corporate agenda that wants only to extract more profit from public lands.
This latest assault comes as the nation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Act — a world-famous law that has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species entrusted to its care and put hundreds of them on the road to recovery.
“Representative Hastings and his Republican colleagues are disturbingly out of step with most Americans, who overwhelmingly support protecting endangered species from extinction,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “But Hastings can’t change the facts. The Endangered Species Act has an almost perfect record of preventing extinctions, and it’s working exceptionally well to recover hundreds of plants and animals across the country — not only well-known species like bald eagles and gray whales, but many lesser-known species too, like island foxes and El Segundo blue butterflies.” More....