Target: Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper
Goal: Don’t strip Gunnison sage-grouse’s threatened status in order to protect oil and gas industry interests
A decision made by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has many in Colorado’s political sphere in uproar. The Gunnison sage-grouse has been given the threatened species status, and it places the oil and gas industry in a precarious situation. The area that the sage-grouse lives in is also prime territory for drilling, but these industries have led to the decline of the species. Politicians intend to sue the federal government for this listing. Tell Governor John Hickenlooper to drop this lawsuit, as the oil and gas industry shouldn’t take priority over the survival of an endangered species.
Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believe that the sage-grouse needs federal protection for the population to sustain itself, but politicians from both the Democratic and Republican Parties find this action ludicrous. According to politicians, the sage-grouse can be saved by voluntary actions. Colorado has taken voluntary measures to protect the bird for the past two decades, but according to the Fish and Wildlife Service, this action isn’t enough. Now the federal government is forced to list the species as threatened.
The action has raised concern and outrage from political leaders because it inhibits the booming oil and gas companies. These companies have bolstered Colorado’s economy, but at the cost of obliterating the Gunnison sage-grouse. The Fish and Wildlife Service stated that the decline of the species is due to habitat loss, other human activity, climate change, and disease. The bird is a ground dwelling animal known for its impressive spiky feathers. There are approximately 1.4 million acres of land that the bird calls home, but much of that land could be used for oil and gas.
Humans need to realize that there are other animals who call this planet their home. Their livelihood shouldn’t take priority over things like oil and gas, especially when these resources pollute the planet. Tell Governor Hickenlooper to drop his lawsuit against the federal government, as it is unfair to kill off an entire species for a booming economy.
Dear Governor John Hickenlooper,
I do not understand your frustration over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. I know that Colorado has tried for the past two decades to get their numbers up, but the best available science shows that little to no improvement has been made for the betterment of these birds. The oil and gas industry will be hampered, but I would rather the industries be hampered than have a species go extinct thanks to human greed.
I urge you to drop this lawsuit against the federal government. It boggles my mind that politicians are upset over the oil and gas industry, but not at the fate of our environment or the wildlife. These animals have a right to live just as much as humans do and we need to realize this.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons