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Published:February 27th, 2009 10:30 EST

Save the Polar Bears, Reverse Bush/Cheney Administration 11th-Hour Rules

By SOP newswire2

The Bush/Cheney Administration has been gone for more than a month, but their eleventh-hour regulatory shenanigans are still threatening our polar bears and other threatened and endangered wildlife.

Before leaving office, the Bush/Cheney Administration rammed through a regulatory change to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that threatens efforts to save polar bears, wolves, manatees and nearly 1,400 other species from extinction.

Speak out for America`s vanishing polar bears and other threatened and endangered animals. Urge your Senators to reverse the Bush Administration`s awful endangered species rules. 

The Bush/Cheney regulatory changes eliminated scientific review by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service of projects that could harm imperiled wildlife. These changes also block important conservation measures under the Endangered Species Act to help the polar bear.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed its omnibus spending bill, including provisions that would enable Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to reverse the Bush Administration`s awful endangered species proposals. Unfortunately, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski -- backed by her Governor, Sarah Palin -- and others in the Senate are now working furiously to strip these provisions from the Senate`s version of the omnibus bill.

Please take action now. Urge your Senators to stand up to Murkowski and help reverse the Bush/Cheney assault on protections for polar bears and other imperiled animals.

The Senate is expected to vote on the omnibus spending bill in the next few days, and we need your help to show broad support for real action to protect polar bears and other imperiled animals.
Please take action today and help us send at least 35,000 messages to the Senate by Monday.

If Murkowski and Palin are successful, polar bears and hundreds of other imperiled animals could be denied important help under the Endangered Species Act -- protections that are increasingly important as animals like polar bears struggle to survive the effects of global warming.

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey estimate that as many as two-thirds of the world`s polar bears could be lost in the next 50 years -- including America`s dwindling polar bear population.

Polar bears need our help today. Please send a message to your Senators right now and urge them to ensure that polar bears get the help they need to avoid extinction.

A Senate vote on this bill could come soon, so please take action right now to help protect our polar bears and other wildlife.

With Gratitude,

Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife