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 ESA reform underway on the Hill. This week, E&E News took a look at Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform efforts being prepared in Washington, including some of the key players and actions to look for. The ESA has not been significantly updated since 1988, and the 115th Congress has prioritized making sweeping changes. House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop [...]
Issues Senate EPW passes four conservation bills. Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted on and passed four bills that would revive and strengthen wildlife protection programs and create four annual conservation prizes worth $100,000 each. One of those bills was the "Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Act" (WILD Act), which was proposed and sponsored by Chairman [...]
Issues Zinke signs new order revoking Obama era mitigation policies. In a secretarial order on “American Energy Independence," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revoked the department’s policy on offsetting the impacts of development on natural resources and has ordered a review of all climate change, mitigation, and energy development policies. The secretarial order, which comes on the heels on President Trump’s [...]