Sunday, September 14, 2008

L.A. Times: The endangered Endangered Species Act

The L.A. Times published an editorial today on the troubling attempt to undermine the Endangered Species Act. The Bush administration has proposed eliminating the requirement that federal agencies consult with scientists U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service before taking action that might impact a listed species. As the article notes, this drastic alteration will allow agencies to "self consult" on the impact on wildlife, even though they likely don't have the they don't have the expertise or the incentive judge these impacts. Moreover, the administration is trying to rush the change through allowing only a shortened comment period and refusing to hold hearings. As the times notes: "The public deserves better. After all, animals as diverse as threatened migratory birds in Alaska to endangered panthers in Florida are affected."

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