Author Archives: Cornershop

BP burning endangered turtles and other wildlife

BP is killing endangered sea turtles in its careless clean-up operations. Wildlife rescuers and fishermen have reported that turtles and other wildlife are being burned alive in the Gulf oil spill.  According to the New York Times, “so-called burn boxes are torching oil from the water’s surface at the sacrifice of turtles, crabs, sea slugs and other sea life.” A shrimp boat captain in Louisiana hired by BP was blocked from rescuing juvenile Kemp’s ridleys that were covered in oil… Continue reading

Congress considering oil spill response legislation

This week, Congress is considering the a bill to address the Gulf oil spill and prevent the next offshore oil disaster. The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan will strengthen safety and environmental regulations for drilling, invest in energy efficiency and fund land and water conservation programs. A strong oil spill response bill would prevent offshore oil disasters by improving oversight of oil and gas drilling off our coasts. This is an incredibly important opportunity to demand stronger… Continue reading

BP must do more to save all wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico

We all want as many wildlife as possible rescued from the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster. Unfortunately, BP and the government are not doing enough to rescue oiled birds, turtles, whales and other wildlife.  Although wildlife rescuers are working tirelessly, there are far too few people and resources to find and save all wildlife in this vast area. In addition, rules and red tape are stopping qualified wildlife rescuers from helping to save injured wildlife. Oiled brown pelican captured in… Continue reading

Good news for turtles and other wildlife!

Good news for turtles and other wildlife! On Friday, conservation groups reached an agreement with BP and the Coast Guard to rescue turtles before burning oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Thank you for helping to stop the horrible practice of burning turtles alive. Thousands of you wrote to the Obama Administration asking them to rescue all wildlife in the Gulf. The BP oil spill disaster has already killed thousands of turtles, dophins, fish, birds and other wildlife. According to… Continue reading

Good news for whales

Good news for whales throughout the world!  Earlier this week, the International Whaling Commission rejected a proposal to overturn the international ban on commerical whaling. For nearly a quarter century, the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling has helped keep endangered species of whales from being hunted to extinction. The moratorium has been integral to the slow recovery of several species of whale once on the brink of extinction. The U.S. statement at the International Whaling Commission affirmed their… Continue reading

Obama Administration Restores Endangered Species Act Protections!

Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the restoration of rules under the Endangered Species Act that help protect endangered species when government decisions or projects are implemented. The rules were weakened in the final days of the Bush administration. The Department of Interior sent out this press release announcing the decision today. Their decision requires federal agencies to once again consult with federal wildlife experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National… Continue reading

Senator Boxer Rocks the Senate Floor in Support of Endangered Species Protections

We are working with Congress and our members to defeat an amendment that will block the Obama Administration’s ability to restore some key endangered species protections. Today, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) gave a passionate speech on the floor of the Senate in opposition to the amendment. As part of her testimony, she reads a letter from the Endangered Species Coalition and over 100 of our member organizations. She gave such a compelling argument in support of strong endangered species protection,… Continue reading

Change and Hope for Endangered Species

With the election of President Barack Obama, we have the unprecedented opportunity to restore protections for our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places. Before leaving office, the Bush Administration snuck through midnight regulations that would weaken the Endangered Species Act. The regulations make it harder to protect polar bears, gray wolves, Canadian lynx, pacific salmon and thousands of other endangered species. The Endangered Species Act is the safety net for our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants on the… Continue reading

A new wolf information resource hits the web

By Derek Goldman, Northern Rockies Representative This week a coalition of ESC member groups and allies in the Northern Rockies have launched a new website aimed at providing science-based information and resources on wolves to folks living in the West: Check it out. As a member of the steering committee that worked with the web designers to guide development of the site, I was amazed at the amount drafting, editing, reviewing and commenting it took to launch this thing.… Continue reading

Congress Restores Endangered Species Protections

Yesterday, Congress passed a bill that will allow President Obama to quickly and easily overturn the Bush Administration rules that weakened the Endangered Species Act. They rejected the efforts of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to strip the provision from the bill. Last week, President Obama announced that he will reconsider the Bush Administration’s regulations that weakened the Endangered Species Act. Now, he will have an opportunity to overturn the harmful regulations quickly and easily. This… Continue reading