Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Time is Running Out for the Polar Bear

Time is running out for the polar bear. As their sea ice habitat disappears, polar bears are starving and drowning, and mothers and cubs are dying as their snow dens collapse on them due to a warming climate. In addition, pollution from oil and gas drilling threatens to destroy what's left of the polar bear's disappearing habitat.

The fate of the polar bears and other endangered species relies on their Endangered Species Act protections being restored. In their last days, the Bush Administration weakened protections for the polar bear and other endangered species. As we've written, Congress passed a bill that gives the Obama administration 60 days to overturn the Bush administration's regulations that weakened the Endangered Species Act and eliminated essential protections for the polar bear.

Secretary Salazar has until May 9, 2009 to overturn the Bush Administration's regulations that weaken the Endangered Species Act. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar must take this critically important step to restore scientific integrity at the Department of Interior. The Endangered Species Coalition staff and members will be meeting with the Department of Interior to ask them to restore protections for the polar bear and other endangered species.

The Endangered Species Coalition has created a petition to Secretary Salazar asking him to restore protections for polar bears and other endangered species.

You can help build support for restoring endangered species protections by signing the petition to save the polar bear.

Thank you for help to save polar bears, gray wolves, canada lynx, pacific salmon and thousands of other endangered species.

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