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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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Senator Boxer calls Bush administration officials cowards for no-show at hearing on ESA rules

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Earlier today, Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife Lyle Laverty failed to attend a Congressional hearing anticipated to include a discussion of the proposed regulations to amend the Endangered Species Act's consultation process.  Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was especially blunt about the no-show.  "They're cowardly and they have been a danger to the people of this country," Boxer said to an AP reporter.  See story by Matthew Daly.  The same AP story also quotes Interior spokesman Chris Paolino, who said Laverty skipped the hearing at the request of Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, the panel's ranking Republican, who in turn "formally objected to the hearing because of Boxer's refusal to grant a single GOP request for a hearing during this Congress."

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Lyle Laverty is Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, and previously served as Director of Colorado Parks and a longtime manager with the U.S. Forest Service.