Re: NANFA-- long one, hit delete if you don't care about my opinion

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 10:30:24 EDT

You are, of course, correct Jay. We're at the now or never point for
protecting much of the biodiversity on the planet. I'm going to talk about
Alabama sturgeon in my biology class at the University of Alabama in
Huntsville next week, asking students to read the AC article by Chris which
I'm putting on reserve at the library. I mentioned the case to this class
Wednesday night while talking about species concepts, and I don't think a
single student out of 60 had heard of this case in the slightest. And of
course Sen. Shelby, corporate shill numero uno, is our senior senator. If
his style of "economic development" was such a good idea the state of
Alabama would be affluent, instead of a poor state full of hopelessly
uneducated people with a degraded economic infrastructure irrelevant to the
modern world. That's the ultimate punchline to this debate over extractive
economies--if you're tied to mining or logging you're tied to a 19th century
economy, with a few ultra-rich families and most working people one step
above chopping cotton.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>A rare little bird doesn't stand a chance with all
>that (Neither would the Alabama sturgeon which is probably already hanging
>out in the extinction bar with the passenger pigeon in spite of so-called
>environmental protection laws saying "What the hell happened to me-- give
>another beer.") Without the ESA the old-growth forests would soon be gone
>and so would many plants and animals like the Pacific yew we never would
>have had the chance to study.

>A recent AC article on the Alabama sturgeon details the weird and
>complicated issues and activities involved in listing what is probably the
>rarest animal in North America. Chris Scharpf, is it possible to post your
>article for people to read who are on this list and not in NANFA?
>Jay DeLong
>Olympia, WA

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