Sen. Vitter Takes
at Historic Agreement to Protect 757 Species
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According the Center for Biological Diversity, Sen. David Vitter is trying to
cripple -- or
kill -- a landmark agreement to increase protections for 757
animals and plants.
Vitter has spent decades fighting to drill
and destroy wildlife habitat from coast to coast, the Center
claims, and the
Endangered Species Act is in his crosshairs. Vitter is
taking particular aim at the Center's
which has already led to federal protection for more than
The Louisiana senator and Tea-Party member is the ranking
Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee. The Center claims Vitter is using his
position to intimidate the Fish and Wildlife Services and shut down badly
needed protections for hundreds of species around the
Vitter's top political funders are the oil and gas
On July 12, 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck
legal settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. The agreement says that by 2018, the USFWS must
decide on whether to consider or add hundreds of imperiled plants and
animals to the Endangered Species list.
Endangered Species Act is America’s strongest environmental
law. It's the surest way to save species threatened with
was signed and approved by a federal judge on September 9,
2011. It caps a 10-year effort by the Center’s scientists,
attorneys and activists to safeguard 1,000 of America’s most
imperiled, least protected species. The Center wrote
scientific petitions and/or filed lawsuits to win federal
protection for each of the 757 species.
Some of the species to benefit from the settlement:
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