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FWS: Endangered Species Act 1973

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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:23 pm

USA Today
Trump administration overhauls Endangered Species Act as critics fear animal extinction

The Trump administration announced Monday a major overhaul to the Endangered Species Act in a way it says will reduce regulations, but environmentalists say will push more animals and plants to extinction because of threats from climate change and human activities.

The changes end blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened and allow federal authorities for the first time to take into account the economic cost of protecting a particular species.

The Endangered Species Act now protects more than 1,600 species in the United States and its territories.

“The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal – recovery of our rarest species,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said in a statement. “The act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said “the revisions finalized with this rulemaking fit squarely within the president’s mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public, without sacrificing our species’ protection and recovery goals." ...

The Endangered Species Act has prevented more than 99% of listed species from going extinct, according to Earthjustice. It is also wildly popular, with 90% of Americans supporting the act, the group said.
Adding:
New York Times: Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species
Associated Press: Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act
Mother Jones: The Trump Administration Just Gutted One of the Most Powerful Environmental Laws on the Books

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Post by AndyinPA » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:29 pm

Whenever they do this kind of stuff, I wonder how long it will take to put this country back together again. :crying:

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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:44 pm

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The Latest: States vow suit over endangered species rollback

3:20 p.m.

California and Massachusetts say they’ll go to court to fight the Trump administration’s overhaul of the Endangered Species Act.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (hahv-YEHR’ beh-SEH’-rah) said Monday that they planned to sue. It came hours after the administration announced broad changes to the way the government would enforce endangered species protections.

Both Democratic state prosecutors pointed to a United Nations report earlier this year warning that more than 1 million species globally are in danger of extinction.

Becerra told reporters that “this is not the time to go low, go slow or go backward.”

Several conservation groups also have promised court fights. The administration says the changes will reduce regulatory burdens while still protecting struggling species.

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Post by Kendra » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:13 pm

:torches:

Damn them all to hell :madguy:

That said, it did bring back memories of the spotted owl making the endangered list and how it limited logging on the Olympic Peninsula (WA). I could drive through and there would be all kinds of protest signs with the owl or Gore inside the red circle with the line in it. Then Twilight happened and tourism is good.

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Post by pipistrelle » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:20 pm

A former Republican friend first questioned his party over their refusal to address environmental and conservation issues. Note the “former.” Now Trump has assured he’ll never go back.

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