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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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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.

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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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It's been kinda quiet lately in the Federal Register, with few Endangered Species Act announcements.  But President Obama's nominee as Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service caused a stir with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), whose press release berated Sam Hamilton for "almost never" invoking the ESA to protect wildlife, according to their analysis of agency statistics.  PEER believes he had "by far the weakest record on Endangered Species Act enforcement of any comparable official in the country."  Meanwhile, his boss, another publicly criticized environmental leader, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, is preparing for a trip to Fresno, where he expects to encounter local farmers frustrated that the consequences of ESA enforcement have become too severe.  See The Business Journal and RestoreTheDelta.org  (But putting things into perspective, the examiner.com declares that Sarah Palin is "worse than Bush" on environmental issues.)

Of course, like politics itself, nearly all environmentaI issues are local (global climate change a partial exception).  Nevertheless, to the layperson, ESA implementation seems rife with mixed messages: