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- Not allowing long-term climate change to be considered in evaluations
- Including economic impacts of species preservation to be considered in decision-making (note that the law specifically states that economics should NOT be considered when protecting species)
- Weaken protection for threatened species (a classification below endangered)
Overall the changes are expected to advance a great deal of mining and oil and gas exploration and extraction.
The latest attack on the environment by this distinctly anti-science and anti-environment administration is not unexpected, but it is clearly disappointing to anyone who works in the sustainability field.
Earlier this summer, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature rang a warning bell about the increased risk to threatened and endangered species across the planet. Plus in early summer, the United Nations published a report that 1 million species across the planet are at risk of extinction.
For whatever reason, the current administration is doing everything it can to try to damage existing environmental protections--thereby harming the long-term environmental health of our country. It seems as if the administration is working against the greater good of its own citizens.