Letters to the Editor

Hands off the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the life-or-death anchor for more than 1,700 of our native species. Since Republican President Nixon signed the ESA into law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever (e.g. the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon and the American alligator), and more have begun to recover.

Yet congressional Republicans are eagerly shredding our ESA to hand their corporate cronies even higher profits, without a thought for the future of our nation’s (taxpayer-owned!) public lands, recreation areas and irreplaceable wildlife habitats.

These anti-regulations will allow industries to bulldoze, mine, drill, log and destroy some of the last remaining habitat for endangered polar bears, monarch butterflies, whooping cranes and many other fellow species already struggling to survive.

“Threatened” wildlife will no longer receive any level of protection (that’s right — All protections will be gone).

Developers will be allowed to bulldoze, mine, drill and log in crucial habitats.

Wildlife species desperately needing ESA protections will face even longer, more deadly delays.

Humans have no right to drive other species into extinction. But to do so in the pursuit of profit is an even greater sin. We the people own not only many of the lands and habitats these profiteers covet, but we also hold these lawmakers’ jobs in our hands.

We must order them to leave ESA protections in place. But most important: We must vote these robber barons out in 2020 and beyond.

Beth Jones

Monticello

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