Thursday, February 2, 2023


Palestinian advocates praise a new fact sheet on discrimination, Pennsylvania considers extending deadlines for abuse claims, and North Dakota's corporate farming debate affects landowners and tribes.


Vice President Kamala Harris urges Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the House begins the process to impeach the Homeland Security Secretary, and the Federal Reserve nudges interest rates up.


Is bird flu, inflation or price gouging to blame for astronomical egg prices? Pregnancy can be life-changing or life-ending depending on where you live, and nine tribal schools are transforming their outdoor spaces into community gathering areas.

Poll Shows 90 Percent Support Endangered Species Act


Wednesday, July 8, 2015   

HELENA, Mont. - The Endangered Species Act turns out to be popular among voters and in a positive way. Ninety percent of those polled say they support ESA, according to a survey conducted by Tulchin Research for Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice.

In addition, nearly three-fourths of those surveyed say decisions about listings should be made by biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and not politicians.

Robert Dewey, vice president of government affairs with Defenders of Wildlife, says since January, more than 50 proposals have been made in Congress to weaken the Endangered Species Act or eliminate protections for specific species.

"The poll results are a strong rejection of congressional efforts to politicize endangered species protection," says Dewey. "These decisions should be made by agency biologists, based on science. Clearly, an overwhelming majority of the American public agrees."

There are 19 species in Montana either listed under ESA or are candidates for listing, including greater sage-grouse, whooping cranes and grizzlies. Sixty-six percent in the poll rejected the reasoning that listing a species means a trade-off of job losses or economic harm.

Less than one-fourth agreed with ESA critics that the act hurts the economy and destroys jobs. The margin of error is plus-or-minus four percentage points.

Dewey hopes the poll results will serve as a wake-up call to members of the House, demonstrating that the public doesn't agree with moves to dismantle the ESA and won't stand for it.

"This torrent of new attacks shows that Congress is pursuing an agenda that mirrors more the wishes of big oil, timber, mining companies and other development interests rather than the American public," says Dewey

The House is expected to finish the Interior appropriations bill by the end of this week. It contains 25 "riders" targeted at the ESA.

get more stories like this via email

Protestors at the University of California-Berkeley demonstrate in support of student groups that passed a bylaw pledging not to invite pro-Zionist speakers. (Palestine Legal)

Social Issues

Groups fighting for Palestinian rights are praising a new fact sheet on religious discrimination from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for …

Social Issues

Lawmakers and immigrants-rights activists in the Commonwealth are hoping to pass the Language Access and Inclusion Act, which would dramatically …


New U.S. Department of Agriculture rules will target fraud and increase oversight of the $64 billion-a-year organic food industry. In Iowa, the …

While mortality rates for pregnant women have decreased globally, they continue to rise in the United States, with Black women three times more likely to die during pregnancy than white women. (Inez/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

By Jennifer Weiss-Wolf for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Eric Galatas for Colorado News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

Health and Wellness

With Black History Month underway, Wisconsin researchers and support groups are highlighting the disparities in cases of Alzheimer's disease…


Oregon is pursuing an aggressive climate plan to switch to renewable energy sources, but it faces one often overlooked issue: enough high-voltage …

Social Issues

A measure in the Washington State Legislature would provide free school meals to K-12 students, but nutrition service workers are worried they are …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021