Target: Representative Doc Hastings
Goal: Protect the Endangered Species Act from Tea Party Republicans
Congressman Doc Hastings, a republican representative from Washington, recently used his position as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee to attack and threaten the Endangered Species Act. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, Hastings is one of the top rated pro-business representatives in congress. Alternatively, he has an abysmal record when it comes to the environment and he received a 0% approval rating from the League of Conservation voters. We must demand that Representative Hastings use his position to benefit the environment, rather than corporate interests, in 2014.
In a recent editorial in the Huffington post, Endangered Species Program Director Noah Greenwald presented information about why Hastings is such a threat to conservation. He stated, “Hastings and other Tea Party Republicans don’t want to see any endangered species protected. Indeed, with campaign contributions flowing in from big oil and agribusiness, Rep. Hastings and his ilk would do away with the whole suite of protections for our air, water, wildlife, food and worker safety.”
Doc Hastings revealed his dismissive views about habitat protection in a post on his website earlier this year. “Hundreds of thousands of acres of forests in the Pacific Northwest are off limits, due to the listing of the Northern Spotted Owl. This listing has contributed to a more than 80 percent reduction in timber harvests, shut down logging operations and mills, and is causing an increase in catastrophic wildfires that have destroyed the very ‘habitat’ these policies are supposed to protect.”
It is clear that Doc Hastings places his business interests over the protection of the environment. His use of quotations with the word habitat is especially telling of his dangerously disparaging thoughts on endangered species.
By signing this petition below, you will encourage Congressman Doc Hastings to use his power and influence to protect the Endangered Species Act rather than his own financial interests.
Dear Congressman Hastings,
I was very disappointed with your efforts to discredit and defund the Endangered Species Act in 2013. This legislation was passed 40 years ago to protect species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” Your efforts to prioritize business over conservation is especially disheartening considering your position as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
I am asking that you please resolve to become a champion for animals and the environment in 2014. You have the power and influence to make a real difference when it comes to conservation.
[Your Name Here]
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