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Published:April 27th, 2009 09:54 EST

Polar Bear Protection: Time is Running Out

By SOP newswire2

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke have little more than one week to set right one of the Bush/Cheney administration`s most disastrous decisions on wildlife -- and we need your help to ensure that they do the right thing and restore key protections for polar bears, wolves and other imperiled wildlife.

Please send Interior Secretary Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke a message right now urging them to reverse the Bush/Cheney administration`s last-minute assault on Endangered Species Act protections for polar bears, wolves and other imperiled wildlife.

Before leaving office, the Bush administration rammed through regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act that threaten efforts to save polar bears, wolves, manatees and more than 1,300 other species from extinction.

If left in place, these changes will...

  • Prevent the Endangered Species Act from protecting our vanishing polar bears from global warming, which would effectively  allow America`s threatened polar bears to drown in a sea of inaction; and
  • Let federal agencies in charge of building highways, dams and other projects decide whether those projects might drive rare plants and animals toward extinction, without ever checking with the expert biologists in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.

Defenders of Wildlife -- and caring wildlife supporters like you -- fought hard in Congress for legislation that gives Secretaries Salazar and Locke the authority to overturn these rules. Now it`s up to Secretaries Salazar and Locke to use this hard-fought authority before it expires on May 9th.

Only 12 days remain to reverse the Bush/Cheney assault on Endangered Species Act protections for our wildlife. Please send your message right now!

More than 200,000 comments opposing the changes were submitted to the Interior Department in the 60 days that the Bush/Cheney administration allowed for the public to respond to its changes. And newspapers across the country have editorialized overwhelmingly against the Bush/Cheney administration`s gutting of Endangered Species Act protections.

Nonetheless, these regulations are now in place, and each day they remain in effect our polar bears and other vulnerable species are being placed at greater risk of extinction.

The good news is that a stroke of the pen by Secretary Salazar and Secretary Locke can restore Endangered Species Act protections for the polar bear and other endangered wildlife. The bad news is that neither secretary has taken action yet.

Use your voice to restore protections for our vulnerable wildlife. Encourage Secretaries Salazar and Locke to use the power that Congress gave them to protect the lives of our imperiled wildlife.