Secretary Salazar: Stop Bush’s Midnight Massacre

April 16, 2009 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Ask Interior Secretary Salazar to Stop Bush’s Midnight Massacre

Dear Guardian,

We have less than 23 days to convince Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar to protect critically endangered plants and animals,
from polar bears and gray wolves to silvery minnows and

Just before the clock struck midnight, the Bush Administration
finalized a series of industry-friendly regulations that strip
away protection for endangered species. Now you can help turn
back the clock and undo them:

On March 11, President Barack Obama signed a law that gives the
Interior Secretary authority to overturn two of the worst Bush
administration rules that weakened the Endangered Species Act
and put our nation’s imperiled wildlife at greater risk of

One regulation cuts expert wildlife agencies, including the Fish
and Wildlife Service, out of their oversight role to protect
endangered species. Another exempts greenhouse gases from being
considered as a threat to the polar bear, which is suffering
from the climate crisis.

With this opportunity, Secretary Salazar could reinstate the
Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to check the actions of
other federal agencies to protect endangered species, and
provide full protection for the polar bear – but he only has
until May 9, 2009.

Don’t let the Bush Administration’s midnight massacre be the
last word for endangered plants and animals.

Join us in calling for Secretary Salazar to use every tool in
the toolbox – including the Endangered Species Act – to address
the climate crisis:  

Imperiled mammals, fish, butterflies, frogs, wildflowers, and
many other species need and deserve every chance at survival.

For the Wild,
Nicole Rosmarino
Wildlife Program Director
WildEarth Guardians

* P.S. Be sure to vote everyday for WildEarth Guardians in the
Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project. With your votes, we can
win $50,000 for river restoration. Remember, you can vote more
than once!


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