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“We should not be ready to trust the states.”

Andrea Zaccardi, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, regarding the Biden administration’s first steps towards ending federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which would open the door to future hunting in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Officials in those states have insisted that any future hunts of grizzly bears would be limited and not endanger the overall population. Several environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, have said that delisting the animal wasn’t based on sound science and that federal protections should be kept in place. (Associated Press — Feb. 3, 2023)

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  • U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, regarding a bill that would direct the Federal Trade Commission to create rules that ban the marketing of firearms to children. The gun manufacturer Wee 1 Tactical has said that its JR-15 was designed to allow adults to safely introduce shooting and hunting sports to the next generation. (Reuters — Feb. 2, 2023)
  • Mississippi state Rep. Alyce Clarke, regarding her decision to not seek re-election that will end her time as legislator 38 years after she first took office. Clarke was the first Black woman elected to the state’s Legislature in a 1985 special election. (Associated Press — Feb. 1, 2023)
  • Joel Reynolds, western director and senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) veto of a proposed copper and gold mine in a remote region in southwest Alaska that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. This is only the 14th time in the roughly 50-year history of the federal Clean Water Act that the EPA has flexed its power to block or restrict activities over impacts to waters, including fisheries. (Associated Press — Jan. 31, 2023)
  • Stephen Murray, an overdose survivor and former paramedic who now researches overdoses at Boston Medical Center, regarding his belief that naloxone, commonly known by its brand name Narcan, should be more widely available to help prevent overdose deaths. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found in 2021 that 40 percent of overdose deaths happen when someone else is present and possibly able to administer the life-saving drug. (Associated Press — Jan. 29)
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