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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:46 AM
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Bush Appointee Said to Reject Advice on Endangered Species
Bush Appointee Said to Reject Advice on Endangered Species

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 30, 2006; Page A03

A senior Bush political appointee at the Interior Department has rejected staff scientists' recommendations to protect imperiled animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act at least six times in the past three years, documents show.

In addition, staff complaints that their scientific findings were frequently overruled or disparaged at the behest of landowners or industry have led the agency's inspector general to look into the role of Julie MacDonald, who has been deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks since 2004, in decisions on protecting endangered species.

The documents show that MacDonald has repeatedly refused to go along with staff reports concluding that species such as the white-tailed prairie dog and the Gunnison sage grouse are at risk of extinction. Career officials and scientists urged the department to identify the species as either threatened or endangered.

Overall, President Bush's appointees have added far fewer species to the protected list than did the administrations of either Bill Clinton or George H.W. Bush, according to the advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity. As of now, the administration has listed 56 species under the Endangered Species Act, for a rate of about 10 a year. Under Clinton, officials listed 512 species, or 64 a year, and under George H.W. Bush, the department listed 234, or 59 a year.

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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:48 AM
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1. Why protect species when they are all going to perish anyway after the Rapture?
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