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December 1, 2013

Sen. Vitter Takes Aim 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
757 agreement, which has already led to federal protection for more than 1000 species

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 country.

Vitter's top political funders are the oil and gas industries.  

On July 12, 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck a historic 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.

The Endangered Species Act is America’s strongest environmental law. It's the surest way to save species threatened with extinction.

The bill 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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