Environmental Report Card: Obama Gets "C-" for First Half of Term

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Environmental Report Card: Obama Gets "C-" for First Half of Term

TUSCON, AZ - In a report card released today, the Center for Biological Diversity gave
President Obama a grade of C- for his two-year environmental record. The report card
chronicles positive and negative policies on endangered species, climate,
energy, public lands and oceans.

"Barak
Obama is no George Bush, but he's no Theodore Roosevelt either,"
said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center. "His
environment record is pretty dismal, considering all the promised hope and
change."

Among
Obama's bright spots were a declaration under the Clean Air Act that
greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, the designation of 120
million acres of protected "critical habitat" for polar bears
and the reinstatement of protection for millions of acres of roadless
lands. Negatives include a continuation of damaging Bush-era policies on
polar bears and offshore oil drilling, stripping of federal protection for
and killing of endangered wolves, and his failure to lead either Congress
or other nations toward strong global warming policies.

"Obama's
record on endangered species is particularly bad, and entirely predictable,
given his appointment of Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior,"
said Suckling. Obama has protected just eight species under the Endangered
Species Act in the conterminous United States, while relegating
254 - including the wolverine - to the unprotected
"candidate" list. His protection rate is slightly better than
that of George W. Bush and much worse than those of Bill Clinton and George
Bush Sr.

The
administration also failed to follow the lead of Canada and several northeastern
states in banning lead ammunition and fishing tackle. Hundreds of thousands
of pounds of lead needlessly enter the environment every year from these
sources, poisoning and killing millions of birds and mammals.

To
see the Center's entire report card for Obama's first two years
in office, go here.

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At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.

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