Friday, June 17, 2011

Is Joe Biden out to kill off our natural species, like those that are already endangered?

Is Joe Biden out to kill off our natural species, like those that are already endangered?

Dear Kevin,

Yesterday, Vice-President Joe Biden made comments, mocking cut backs to federal funding for conservation programs that help to protect and restore our nation’s threatened and endangered species.

Specifically, Vice-President Biden expressed a lack of the need for a group of U.S. biologists to maintain a website that provides scientifically credible information about the status of the beloved desert tortoise as a part of efforts to restore this threatened species.

Make sure your federal officials know that cutting federal funding for threatened and endangered species is no joke.

The desert tortoise has fared well in America for millions of years, but has sadly seen a 90% decline in its population in just the past three decades.

Over the past few decades, U.S. conservation laws and programs have played a vital role in restoring critically endangered species like the bald eagle, which had nearly disappeared from the lower-48 states. We can work for the same success with the desert tortoise if we continue to take their restoration seriously, but it takes adequate resources to get the job done.

Be a voice for the desert tortoise and thousands more of our threatened and endangered species–send this message now.

Since the beginning of this year, many of our nation’s bedrock conservation laws, including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act have been under attack through various pieces of proposed legislation disguised as “spending cuts.”

Some of the proposed cuts have been so drastic that they would turn back the clock on the last three decades of progress of ensuring clean air, clean water, and wildlife protections–all the while preserving billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Help put a stop to this stealth attack on our nation’s wildlife and wild places–tell your federal officials to help preserve our nation’s conservation programs today.

Thanks for all you do for America’s wildlife!


Sue Brown
Executive Director, NWF Action Fund
Twitter: @wildlifeaction
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