Via The Blue Marble at Mother Jones:
More than three dozen scientists have signed a letter to protest a new Bush administration interpretation of the Endangered Species Act. The Associated Press reports their concerns that the twisted read jeopardizes animals such as wolves and grizzly bears. If Interior Department Solicitor David Bernhardt has his way, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have to protect animals and plants only where they’re actually battling for survival, not where they’re in good shape. That means, for instance, that Bald Eagles would never have been protected decades ago since they were doing fine in Alaska, although practically extinct in the lower 48.
… all on behalf of special interest groups. This is the trend in the Bush White House – to chip away at environmental science (be it regarding climate change or endangered species) by positioning shills hired directly from corporations that have conflicting interests, and trying to make critical changes to important policies – all under the radar of the American public. It’s unconscionable.