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[GreenYes] Fwd: Message from Stuart Pimm: The Endangered Species Act


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A forwarded message from:



Stuart Pimm
Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology
Nicholas School for the Environment
Duke University

>Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 15:51:07 -0500
>From: "Scientific Integrity Campaign" <rsi@no.address>
>To: <rsi.UCSDC.UCSUSA@no.address>
>Subject: Message from Stuart Pimm: The Endangered Species Act
>
>Greetings,
>
>Two weeks ago, you heard from the Union of Concerned Scientists
>regarding legislation that is making its way through Congress that would
>fundamentally and negatively alter the way science informs critical
>Endangered Species Act (ESA) decisions. The House has already passed a
>bill that strips the scientific underpinnings of the ESA; it is now time
>for the Senate to decide if and how it wants to act.
>
>In response to this situation, I have joined with Jane Lubchenco,
>Gordon Orions, and Peter Raven in signing an open letter to the U.S.
>Senate addressing the appropriate use of science in the ESA. To date,
>more than 3500 of your colleagues have signed on - and today, I urge you
>to do the same. Please read and sign the statement by Tuesday, January
>31:
>
>http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/restoring/biologists-letter-on.h
tml
>
>
>The ESA has provided protection for our most threatened and endangered
>animals and their habitats for over thirty years. A strong, unified
>statement from biological experts will help protect the science behind
>the ESA - legislation that serves as a cornerstone of environmental
>protection in the United States.
>
>The statement is open to anyone with or working toward an advanced
>degree in biological sciences. Please act today to read and sign the
>letter:
>
>http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/restoring/biologists-letter-on.h
tml
>
>
>Leaders in this effort include David Bain, Ron Carroll, Paul Ehrlich,
>Melissa Grigione, Lynn Maquire, Jane Lubchenco, Dennis Murphy, Gordon
>Orians, Barry Noon, Peter Raven, and John Terborgh. For full background
>information about this issue, including links to detailed analyses of
>the legislative threat, visit:
>
>http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/restoring/science-in-the-endange
red.html
>
>
>Thank you for your support of independent science.
>
>Regards,
>
>Stuart Pimm
>Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology
>Nicholas School for the Environment
>Duke University
>
>Note: We are especially looking for biologists from Alaska, Arkansas,
>Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, and
>Rhode Island. These states have senators who are particularly
>influential in shaping the debate on this issue. After you sign, please
>forward this message on to your colleagues working in these states.





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