30 more days to save the Endangered Species Act

The people have spoken (or screamed): give us more time to comment on the Bush Administration's outrageous plans to slash and burn the Endangered Species Act.

For once, the government has listened, extending the public comment period for a whole extra 30 days. This puts the total comment period at 60 stays, which is still way below the standard 120-day comment period for any government legislation. But hey, it's a start.

"We welcome the additional time to oppose the Bush Extinction Plan and demonstrate the vast public support for the Endangered Species Act," said Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition. "The American public will not stand for such an underhanded attempt by this lame duck administration to weaken protections for our nation’s wildlife and wild lands."

Of course, comments still won't be accepted by email (again, contrary to normal procedures), although you can submit your thoughts online or by mail.

Previously in Extinction Blog: Bush proposes slashing endangered species protections; Bush Admin seeks to make public comment extinct