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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.


Follow the truth.

"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.


Thanks, Kevin.

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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Endangered species at the polls: the candidates views

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McCain quotes Teddy Roosevelt, but votes George W. Bush, says the High County News, noting that McCain led efforts to grant ESA exemptions to the University of Arizona and Fort Huachuca military base.  For her part, Sarah Palin led Alaska's recent opposition to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, and in fact, the State of Alaska sued the Federal Government to reverse the decision, as reported in, among other places, the National Journal.

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On the other side of the aisle, Barack Obama acknowledges both the conservation benefits and the controversial imperfections of the ESA, says a March 2006 quote reported by Primate Sanctuary.  However, Obama opposes the Bush administration's recently proposed rules amending the ESA consultation process, says Yahoo and the AP.    Joe Biden views the ESA favorably, as evidenced by his co-sponsoring of Senate Resolutions including S. Res. 121 (Jun 29, 2001) to end commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat, and S. Res. 125 (May 1, 2007) supporting Endangered Species Day.