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Old 06-25-2004, 12:21 PM
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Default Bush Admin ain't green...

BUSH ADMINISTRATION CONSISTENTLY CUTS CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATIONS: A study done by the National Wildlife Federation(NWF) shows that the Bush administration is only approving one out of every two acres recommended by biologists to be designated as critical habitat for endangered and threatened species, reports the Associated Press, 6/24. The administration also more often cited economic reasons to justify decisions to reduce acreage. In 2001, that rationale was used to trim about 1 percent of the acreage; by 2003, that had risen to 69 percent. NWF said not enough consideration is given to the benefits of protecting species, which include their uses in recreation, science, water and soil quality, and climate.
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