Pombo Extinction Bill Moves to House Floor

Please Call or E-mail Your Representative Now!

©© David R. Schrichte

The Issue:

Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA) has introduced a bill (HR 3824) that will greatly rewrite the Endangered Species Act, the most important federal wildlife law that protects manatees and other endangered and threatened species. Representative Pombo has long represented the interests of developers and the oil and mining industries and is Congress' loudest opponent of endangered species protections.

On Thursday, September 22, the House Resources Committee (Rep. Pombo is chair) approved the bill. It now heads to the full U.S. House of Representatives for a vote this week.

"The American public supports the Endangered Species Act and wants it to remain strong.," said Liz Godfrey, Program Director of the Endangered Species Coalition. "It is critically important that members of Congress recognize that Mr. Pombo is attempting to mask his true intentions with soft sounding words like 'update,' 'enhance,' and 'modernize,' however, his true intentions are to dismantle the protections of one of our nation’s strongest conservation laws."

This bill would be a terrible blow to endangered species, including removing all requirements to protect endangered species habitat.

The Pombo Extinction Bill will:

  • completely repeal protections for endangered species' critical habitat.
  • allow political appointees -- such as Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton -- instead of scientists to determine what constitutes the best available science.
  • assure that recovery efforts are not implemented by making recovery plans voluntary
  • exempt federal actions from having to go through independent review to ensure they do not jeopardize endangered species.
  • bankrupt the endangered species program by forcing the Fish and Wildlife Service to pay developers not to violate the law.

What You Can Do:

It is critical that you take a couple of minutes to call your representative's office as soon as possible (see contact information below). Give them your name and let them know you live in their district. Ask them to please vote NO on HR 3824. Tell them you support the Endangered Species Act as written and you want them to as well.

If you cannot call, please send an e-mail and put "Vote NO on HR 3824" in the subject line.

Even if you have already contacted your representative on this issue, please do so again. We need you to help stop this bill!

On the Web: You can find contact information and e-mail your representative at www.congress.org. Just click on "U.S. Congress" in the left-hand menu, type in your zip code, and click Go!

Phone: Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Give them your zip code and ask for the phone numbers for your representative.

Get More Info:

Read more about this issue at the Endangered Species Coalition web site: www.stopextinction.org. (SMC is a member of the coalition.)

You can also go to the Center for Biological Diversity’s website at www.biologicaldiversity.org for a thorough critique of Pombo’s bill.

Read an editorial on this issue from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Thank you for your help on this most important issue!

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