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December 15, 2000 | Press Release

Sea Lion Compromise Reached

Efforts by Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) to waive the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have failed. The endangered Steller sea lions, while still victims from large-scale, intensive trawl fishing, are no longer victim to a hostile effort from Stevens to suspend federal environmental laws for the sake of industrial fishing special interests.

October 4, 2000 | Press Release

Senate Introduces Strong Endangered Species Bill

The U.S. Senate introduced a strong Endangered Species Act reauthorization bill that supporters believe sets a positive tone for next year's debate on one of the nation's most important environmental laws.

May 4, 2000 | Press Release


The nation's leading conservation groups warned today that damaging congressional attacks on the environment are expected to proliferate this summer as Congress rushes to adjourn before the November elections.

The groups expect that most anti-environmental riders will be added to "must pass" appropriations bills that Congress has to enact in order to avoid a government shutdown.

May 10, 1999 | Press Release

A Cynical Advantage

Anti-environmental riders shut down public debate and usually provide gifts to Congress' special interest friends.

December 4, 1998 | Press Release

Steller Sea Lions in Jeopardy

Steller sea lions are in jeopardy of going extinct if new fishery management actions aren't adopted soon in waters off of Alaska.

December 2, 1998 | Press Release

Political Wave Descending on Sea Lions

Political pressure from members of Congress may thwart a plan to prevent the extinction of the world's largest sea lion.