Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Endangered Species Act Threatened by Trump Administration

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One of the cornerstones of the environmental protections that were put in place by United States Congress in the 1960's and 1970's, The Endangered Species Act, is being gutted by the current administration. According to this article in the New York Times by Lisa Friedman, several changes to the Act will go forward next month. Some of these changes include:

  • 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.

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.

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