Weekly News Roundup – May 20, 2011

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s National Wildlife Federation news:

Celebrating Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 – We do not always know the value of something until it is gone. Unfortunately, hundreds of unique plants and animals are just a step away from extinction. May 20, 2011 is Endangered Species Day and an opportunity to learn about the wildlife we are in danger of losing forever.

Senate Votes on Big Oil Tax Breaks

May 18, 2011 – As the oil and gas industry enjoys record profits and consumers pay up to $4.00 a gallon for gas, this week the Senate took a roll call vote on S.940, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act. While 60 votes were required for passage, a majority of 52 senators voted in favor, including two Republicans. “Billions of taxpayer dollars are enriching the wrong industry and rewarding the wrong behavior,” said Joe Mendelson, National Wildlife Federation global warming policy director. “Americans know it’s fundamentally unfair to make extreme cuts to conservation, science and clean energy programs that invest in our future while polluters get special breaks. It’s past time to hit the reset button on this wasteful spending.”

Natural Solutions for an Unnatural Disaster

May 18, 2011 – As the catastrophic Mississippi River flooding unfolds like a slow-motion train wreck, the first priorities of the federal, state, and local government are to prevent loss of life, minimize property damage and assist those in need with all resources possible. When the waters recede, it will be important to ask some tough questions. Was this truly a natural disaster or one that was caused (or at least exacerbated) by government policies? What pragmatic steps can be taken now and in the years ahead to better prepare and protect people and communities from future storms and floods? In a new report, National Wildlife Federation has identified five ways government policies and practices are contributing to the extraordinary Mississippi River flooding and resulting impacts, as well as five specific recommendations to help policymakers avoid and minimize catastrophes like this.

And here are a few highlights from NWF in the News:

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