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senate Bill S. 1429

Should the Fish & Wildlife Service Publish Data Used to Make Endangered Species Act Decisions Online?

Argument in favor

Data used to make listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be available to relevant parties. Since that includes the general public, this information should be made publicly available online.

Carmine's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Data used to make listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be available to relevant parties. Since that includes the general public, this information should be made publicly available online.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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09/01/2019
The taxpayers have a right to know how these decisions are made. #MAGA
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operaman's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Can’t say they are hiding data. Maybe fabricating data to promote Climate Change. But at least open to taxpayers.
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Argument opposed

This bill is clearly a politically-motivated attempt to burden the already beleaguered FWS. It doesn’t meaningfully advance conservation efforts and is merely another salvo in Republicans’ ongoing attacks on the ESA.

jimK's Opinion
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09/01/2019
This legislation’s title appears to be classic political doublespeak; like calling a nuclear ICBM the ‘peacekeeper’. It is a misleading title and appears to be a Trojan horse. Transparency is a good and valuable principal, and the current policies which make requested data available upon request are sufficient. This bill appears to be an excuse to tie the hands of those making endangered species determinations with endless litigation. The sensitive information gleaned from population studies and the scientific methods used for processing and forecasting could be challenged and by half-truth lawyers and gross exaggerations of specific phrases that could easily sway public opinion by those looking at titles and not the details on the mandated web site; like saying “the ‘green new deal’ means no more cows and no more air travel”. Every aspect of their methods could be endlessly litigated with support from the court of public opinion for the sole purpose of minimizing protection of endangered species- to protect business profits otherwise jeopardized. From the preamble, it appears that all the conservation groups oppose this and the cattlemen support it. I have not read the bill, but the strong support of Republican cosponsors, and the lack of support from conservationists leads me to believe the ‘... and other things’ in the bill’s title may be the real legislation being proposed.
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Patricia's Opinion
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09/01/2019
No. Leave the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Endangered SPecies Act alone, or, give them more workers and more money. There's an idea.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/01/2019
The data is available on request already. It’s already easily accessible.
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    Data used to make listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be available to relevant parties. Since that includes the general public, this information should be made publicly available online.
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    This legislation’s title appears to be classic political doublespeak; like calling a nuclear ICBM the ‘peacekeeper’. It is a misleading title and appears to be a Trojan horse. Transparency is a good and valuable principal, and the current policies which make requested data available upon request are sufficient. This bill appears to be an excuse to tie the hands of those making endangered species determinations with endless litigation. The sensitive information gleaned from population studies and the scientific methods used for processing and forecasting could be challenged and by half-truth lawyers and gross exaggerations of specific phrases that could easily sway public opinion by those looking at titles and not the details on the mandated web site; like saying “the ‘green new deal’ means no more cows and no more air travel”. Every aspect of their methods could be endlessly litigated with support from the court of public opinion for the sole purpose of minimizing protection of endangered species- to protect business profits otherwise jeopardized. From the preamble, it appears that all the conservation groups oppose this and the cattlemen support it. I have not read the bill, but the strong support of Republican cosponsors, and the lack of support from conservationists leads me to believe the ‘... and other things’ in the bill’s title may be the real legislation being proposed.
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    No. Leave the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Endangered SPecies Act alone, or, give them more workers and more money. There's an idea.
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    The data is available on request already. It’s already easily accessible.
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    I have become so jaded that right of the bat I don’t trust this as it comes from a Texas Republican. Before introducing this bill how about the tRump Republican for the rich party get rid of the rich, self serving, corrupt, treasonous cabinet. Hire back the scientists and relight the accountability government websites that have gone dark? I am editing now just to add that some of my favorite folks on this site are mislead. Wanting to tho high but.......
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    An Office of Government Transparency would get my support, not this. I’m all for transparency, but ask yourself why it should be mandated for one department and not another? If a government-wide program for such publication is not in place, doing so will cost time and money better spent protecting wildlife and environments. That’s their job. Why is someone trying to make that more complicated...
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    Another amazing response and detailed observation by jimK, thank you again. This legislation’s title appears to be classic political doublespeak; like calling a nuclear ICBM the ‘peacekeeper’. It is a misleading title and appears to be a Trojan horse. Transparency is a good and valuable principal, and the current policies which make requested data available upon request is sufficient. This bill appears to be an excuse to tie the hands of those making endangered species determinations with endless litigation. The sensitive information gleaned from population studies and the scientific methods used for processing and forecasting could be challenged and by half-truth lawyers and gross exaggerations of specific phrases that could easily sway public opinion by those looking at titles and not the details on the mandated web site; like saying “the ‘green new deal’ means no more cows and no more air travel”. Every aspect of their methods could be endlessly litigated with support from the court of public opinion for the sole purpose of minimizing protection of endangered species- to protect business profits otherwise jeopardized. From the preamble, it appears that all the conservation groups oppose this and the cattlemen support it. I have not read the bill, but the strong support of Republican cosponsors, and the lack of support from conservationists leads me to believe the ‘... and other things’ in the bill’s title may be the real legislation being proposed.
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    The taxpayers have a right to know how these decisions are made. #MAGA
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    Fish and Wildlife does a pretty good job without a lot of outside help.
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    Can’t say they are hiding data. Maybe fabricating data to promote Climate Change. But at least open to taxpayers.
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    Why don’t we publish all data on gun ownership, gun related deaths, gun sales and who makes the money vs who dies? That sounds like a better idea, something all Americans - relevant parties - would want to know. This proposed bill will do nothing to save endangered species and our environment. FWS needs more money and more staff, not busy work like that proposed here.
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    How about we post all the memos used to deregulate methane emissions? Especially the ones from fat cat oil tycoons.
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    Read the Why Vote No comments people! This bill is clearly a politically-motivated attempt to burden the already beleaguered FWS. It doesn’t meaningfully advance conservation efforts and is merely another salvo in Republicans’ ongoing attacks on the ESA.
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    I don't actually think it will make any difference since the Trump administration completely ignores ALL the public comments! They appear to ask the worst polluting extractive industries what they might like and then give them exactly that!
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    Of course. It is information generated using public dollars. It is information supposedly for the public good therefore there’s absolutely no reason to keep this information from the public
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    John Cornyn is as trustworthy as a cobra. He doesn’t do anything for the good of the people. Whatever his agenda, I don’t support it.
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    I strongly oppose S. 1429. If it comes up for a vote, I ask that my Senators not to vote for it. This legislation has been proposed to further Trump's gutting of the Endangered Species Act by further weakening protections for endangered species so that various industries, oil, gas, etc., can further deplete our environment and increase their profits. Instead we really need to strongly defend the Endangered Species Act, our bedrock environmental law. Noah Greenwald, the Endangered Species Director of the Center for Biological Diversity, has summed up the situation quite well: “Like other Republicans in the pocket of the oil and gas industry, Senator Cornyn (the sponsor of the bill) is totally out of step with the majority of Americans who support strong protections for endangered species. Passage of [this bill] would be an absolute disaster for America's imperiled wildlife.” Once again we see how Republicans put the financial interests of one percenters and corporations above the best interests of the citizens and environment of our country. Notes: 1. The Center for Biological Diversity has set up an Endangered Species Act Protection Fund. 2. Thanks to JimK for pointing out how once again the Republicans use misleading titles to obscure the real purpose of the legislation they propose. These people have no honor and no sense of shame. Vote them out.
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    John Cornyn, I doubt you have ever read or even understand the data that is collected. I may be wrong but the data collected is usually published. Government researchers have to publish to keep their job. The data is out there, you just have to read. Maybe a background in statistics would help.
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    This is good in principle but there is no funding set aside to execute this so this will pull resources from other areas. Un-funded mandates tend to cause more issues than they solve.
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    Another way to end endangered species! Thanks 45???
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