The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law in 1973 to protect animal and plant species at risk of extinction due to habitat changes or loss. The ESA is intended to conserve the habitats and to foster the recovery of threatened or endangered animal and plant species across the United States based on sound data and science. And though the ESA was never intended to be used by environmental organizations as a litigation tool, it has since been abused in order to halt development or destroy economic growth and job creation while diverting millions of taxpayer dollars away from species recovery.
Over the past few years, there have been numerous efforts in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and elsewhere to list species as endangered and place hundreds of thousands of acres of land off-limits to economic development. And a new, stronger wave of threats is expected.
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Issues Senate committee examines modernizing the Endangered Species Act. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Wednesday focused on updating and reforming the 43-year-old Endangered Species Act (ESA) – a shared priority for many in Congress and the Trump administration. Critics of the law say it hurts landowners and businesses while largely failing to actually protect [...]
Issues BLM 2.0 Rule Struck Down by House Lawmakers. This week, the House of Representatives voted to strike down the Bureau of Land Management's Planning 2.0 rule, a part of an effort by lawmakers to eliminate certain regulations under the Congressional Review Act. As E&E News reports, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) raised a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 44) that [...]
Issues IPAA responds to lesser prairie chicken listing petition. The Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Petroleum Institute, Permian Basin Petroleum Association, and Western Energy Alliance submitted joint comments this week urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to reject a petition to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The groups argue that the bird [...]