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Interior Official and Federal Biologists
Clash on Danger to Bird
December 5, 2004
The scientific opinions of a Bush administration appointee at the Interior Department with no background in wildlife biology were provided as part of the source material for the panel of Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and managers who recommended against giving the greater sage grouse protection under the endangered species act. The appointee, Julie MacDonald, a senior policymaker, criticized studies showing widespread loss of grouse territory and sporadic declines in grouse populations. The sage grouse, whose habitat overlaps areas of likely oil and gas deposits across states like Wyoming and Montana, would likely become an economic headache to the energy and cattle industries if it were listed. Ms. MacDonald's critique of sage grouse biology and the biologists who work for an agency she oversees showed flashes of her strong property-rights background and her deference to industry views.
Battle lines drawn on protection of species
Julie Cart and Kenneth R. Weiss, December 05, 2004
SAN DIEGO — Western governors gathered last week to plan with the Bush administration and Congress how to change the Endangered Species Act, the 31-year-old law they say has cost developers, loggers and ranchers too much money and hassle for the few animals brought back from the brink of extinction. "Just about everybody agrees the Endangered Species Act is broken," said Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., a cattleman turned chairman of the House Resources Committee. "The only way you are going fix it is with legislative change."
Organized by Gaylord Nelson
Clean Water Act
Clean Air Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Endangered Species Act
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Nitrogen oxides per vehicle down, but overall emissions increased due to larger number of cars
Lead emissions way down after switch to unleaded gasoline
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Ecological Health Indicators atTellico Reservoir, 2001