House of Representatives
Guts Endangered Species Act
(Beyond Pesticides, September 30, 2005) Congress dealt a deadly blow to the protections provided by the Endangered Species Act by passing Congressman Pombo’s bill weakening this important conservation law. Many of the Act’s most important protections for plants and animals facing extinction were eliminated by the House’s action and new loopholes were created to allow developers and pesticide applicators to dodge the law.
“The Pombo bill is the dream of every irresponsible developer out there,” said Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen. “Not only does this bill gut the Endangered Species Act, but it creates a government give away program to greedy developers and provides new loop holes to make it easier to use deadly pesticides that will impact not only wildlife but our children, by polluting our lands and waters. Mr. Pombo’s bill undermines our national commitment to the recovery of threatened and endangered plants and animals.”
In a fatal weakening of the Endangered Species Act, this bill:
will pay the ultimate price for Mr. Pombo’s reckless disregard for
the conservation of our nation’s wildlife,” said Mr. Schlickeisen.
“Normally, one would look to the Senate to right the wrongs of this
bill, but it is questionable as to whether this bill can be salvaged at
For more information see Beyond Pesticides’ September 27th action alert.