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Response from Diana Degette regarding the attacks on the Endangered Species List

[large thumbnail url=”response-from-diana-degette-regarding-the-attacks-on-the-endangered-species-list” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”23″] [thumbnail icon url=”response-from-diana-degette-regarding-the-attacks-on-the-endangered-species-list” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”23″] Here was the official statement regarding wolf conservation and the Endangered Species Act from one of Colorado’s U.S. representatives Diana Degette.

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA). I am pleased to learn your views on the subject and appreciate the opportunity to share mine.

I do not believe that the ESA should be weakened. The ESA was first passed in 1973 as a comprehensive attempt to protect specific species at risk of extinction as well as those species’ habitats. This legislation not only protects vanishing wildlife and vegetation, but also provides for their recovery by listing them as endangered or threatened. Once individual species are listed, powerful legal tools are available to aid their recovery and protect their habitats.

Unfortunately, some Republicans in Congress are attempting to rollback the ESA. There have been efforts to defund agencies charged with enforcing the act and weaken protections provided to endangered species. Some have also sought to inappropriately insert politics into the scientific determination of which species meet the standards for protection.

As a fourth-generation Coloradoan, I have spent my entire life enjoying the outdoors in our beautiful state and understand the value of protecting our natural wonders and endangered species. While I welcome the debate over revisions, I will stand against any attempts to dismantle the ESA. I support revisions to the ESA that will strengthen, not weaken, existing protections, respect private property owners, and most importantly ensure recovery for protected species based on sound science. I will continue to follow this issue and keep your views in mind should legislation reach the House floor for a vote.

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Diana Degette’s web site

Denver Office
600 Grant Street
Suite 202
Denver, CO 80203-3525

Phone: (303) 844-4988
Fax: (303) 844-4996

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