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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.

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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Who's the Real Dodo?

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Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity announced that "Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne Wins 2007 Rubber Dodo Award."  As explained in the press release, "Kempthorne Surpasses James Watt By Protecting Fewer Endangered Species Than Any Interior Secretary in History."  Regardless of one's views of the current presidential administration, ESA implementation should not serve as a race to the bottom, and the listing of more and more species is not necessarily indicative of success or failure.  Sure, the Department of Interior could undertake a fairly meaningless exercise, listing 200 more plants, while in fact, bestowing them little protection. (Plants are not subject to the "take" prohibition in §9.)  So what would more listings really achieve.

In fairness, CBD is an organization full of well-meaning environmentalists, and plays an important role in ensuring the implementation of the ESA.  Indeed, Congress created the citizen suit provisions of the ESA in order to allow for public interest advocatcy of the kind CBD embraces.  However, in this case, CBD missed the mark.  Perhaps, instead of posing with dodo birds, and filing lawsuits, CBD can offer constructive solutions.

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Image from CBD August 24, 2007 Press Release, quoted above.