Posted on June 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Endangered species like Florida’s manatees would have little chance of surviving, much less recovering without the Endangered Species Act to protect them from the excesses of greedy developers and their Republican political allies.
The words change, but the song remains the same — and it’s all about money
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — 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. (more…)
Filed under: biodiversity, endangered species, Environment | Tagged: Center for Biological Diversity, Doc Hastings, endangered species, endangered species act, Environment | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 25, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Instead of focusing on the environmental damage done by fossil fuel extractions, Republicans in Congress are nitpicking about procedural reports related to oil and coal development.
Resources committee to consider issuing subpoenas on mining stream buffers, Gulf drilling moratorium
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —The radical anti-environmental leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee last week announced the latest chapter of their anti-Obama witch hunt, scheduling a March 28 full committee meeting to discuss possible subpoenas related to coal mining stream protections and a moratorium on Gulf of Mexico oil drilling.
At issue are two efforts by the Obama administration to raise environmental standards. To try and protect streams and riparian areas from the ravages of coal mining, the interior department set out to rewrite a stream buffer zone rule. (more…)
Filed under: energy, Environment, oil drilling | Tagged: Deepwater Horizon, Doc Hastings, energy, fossil fuels, Gulf of Mexico, House Natural Resources Committee, Obama administration | 1 Comment »