The Senate will be threatening decades of work to protect endangered species and public lands if they do not vote against the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the NDAA. The bill will have devastating effects on many endangered species by making their habitats vulnerable. The bill will also give important public lands to the military.
Will you sign my petition calling for the Senate to vote against the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to protect vulnerable species and lands?
This harmful bill would transfer 800,000 acres of national wildlife refuge land to the U.S. Air Force and cut regulations that protect the lesser prairie chicken, american burying beetle, and the greater sage grouse. Experts believe the beetle will be the most harmed. The
american burying beetle is a species which once had habitat in 35 states and has now declined by over 90%.
The bill also allows for oil and gas extraction in sensitive habitats in Utah and creates a loophole in the Clean Water Act, making it hard for the EPA to protect water ecosystems from invasive species. This bill is a huge blow to conservation efforts. It would threaten endangered species and public lands as well as favor a polluting extraction industry.
The Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act are supported by almost all Americans, and have helped protect thousands of acres of land and water, keeping many beloved species from being lost forever. With climate change making species across the country even more vulnerable, it is critical that we continue to protect ones already at risk. Even one extinction can completely alter the health of an entire ecosystem.
Rather than undoing what has been done successfully in the past, the Senate should show they value the protection of wildlife and public land in the United States by voting against the National Defense Authorization Act.The bill has now been brought to the Senate for approval, but we have a short time to let them know that conservation matters to us.
Senators: please vote no on this bill.