I just knew that someone from the Bush Administration would jump in front of the parade and claim leadership, but my last guess would have been Gail Norton who has quite successfully established herself as the consummate anti-environmentalist, beginning in my home state of Colorado.
"Joining the search team at a press conference in Washington DC, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced a Department of the Interior initiative to identify funds for recovery efforts. "
"Through its cooperative conservation initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a variety of grant and technical aid programs to support wildlife recovery. "
"These programs are the heart and soul of the federal government's commitment to cooperative conservation. They are perfectly tailored to recover this magnificent bird," Secretary Norton said. "Across the Nation, these programs preserve millions of acres of habitat, improve riparian habitat along thousands of miles of streams, and develop conservation plans for endangered species and their habitat."
Read the entire article here.
Don't get me wrong: I am thrilled that the government is going to find money for saving the woodpeckers, but where the hell have they been when hundreds of other endangered species have been threatened by loss of habitat due to over-cutting forests and polluting rivers, lakes or oceans with mercury? And now that they've jumped to the environmental side of the spectrum, quick let's get the congress to vote down the Budget bill that had the ANWAR drilling permission sneaked into it. Let's save another habitat! I'm sure a press conference could be arranged with lots of limelight for all--if that's what it takes.