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One hundred thousand speak out for a strong Endangered Species Act

Melissa Waage

Posted October 14, 2008

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On Friday, the NRDC Action Fund joined allied groups to deliver more than 100,000 public comments opposing the Bush administration's recent proposal to weaken key Endangered Species Act regulations.  The administration refused to accept comments via e-mail or fax for the comment period that ends today, so we went with hand delivery.  The Action Fund, whose members submitted over half of those comments, joined the Endangered Species Coalition, Earthjustice, the National Audubon Society, and the Sierra Club.

Before heading out with the team to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Arlington, Virginia office to deliver these comments, I hadn't really thought about what 100,000 public comments physically look like.  See for yourself in the video below, which documents our journey to Arlington. 

And just remember that the more than 20 ream-sized boxes you see us lifting (phew, democracy is heavy!) all contain individual comments from many, many individual Americans who care about imperiled plants and wildlife and their recovery. Will the Bush administration listen to the individuals, organizations, members of Congress, and scientists urging it to withdraw its proposal?

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Melissa BOct 14 2008 01:38 PM

I hope that was all recycled paper! Also, how inefficient for them - someone is now going to have to enter all of those comments into a computer database!

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