The ad, sponsored by the Endangered Species Coalition and backed by the Christian Environmental Council, is running on CNN and Headline News in opposition to S. 1180. The ad features the names of developers and industrial logging, mining, and oil corporations working to gut the ESA.
"The Kempthorne bill would be a boon to landowners, developers, corporate agribusiness, and commercial logging, mining and oil interests that want to exploit natural resources and public land for profit," says Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen. "Conservation, scientific, and religious groups do not support the Kempthorne bill. In fact, I don't know of a single environmental group supporting it."
Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt of the Christian Environmental Council added, "This legislation is an attempt by special interests to poke holes in the bottom of our modern day Noah's ark, the Endangered Species Act." He continued, "Our Scriptures teach, through the prophets, against letting our greed and desire to build on the land crowd out others who inhabit it. We are obligated to be proactive in protecting and sustaining God's creatures."
The ESA, signed in 1973 by President Nixon, is America's premier wildlife protection law. The act is responsible for the successful recovery of species such as the bald eagle and gray whale.
The television ad is part of a nationwide effort by national and local environmental and religious organizations to block the Kempthorne bill. Among the striking pictures featured in the ad were images from professional wildlife photographer W. Perry Conway based in Boulder, Colorado, highlighting the American bald eagle and the grizzly bear.
The Endangered Species Coalition -- composed of more than 300 environmental, religious, sportsmen, recreational and other organizations -- says S. 1180 is flawed for a number of reasons including that it would:
- codify the administration's controversial "no surprises" policy
- weaken the Endangered Species Act's vitally important provision requiring federal agencies to avoid actions that jeopardize the recovery of endangered species
- impede the development of recovery plans by requiring costly and burdensome economic analyses.
Contact(s):Brock Evans, 202-682-9400 x294 (ESC)