Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

Their World, Their Future

Posted on January 1, 2014 by Gator Woman


Show me the money.

Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states.

A group of 13 GOP lawmakers representing states across the U.S. released a report proposing “targeted reforms” for the 40-year-old federal law, which protects imperiled plants and animals.

Federal wildlife officials said they would not comment on Tuesday’s report until they have a chance to review it.

“In other words, grease my palms”.

Throughout its history, the law has faced criticism from business interests, Republicans and others.

They argue actions taken to shield at-risk species such as the northern spotted owl have severely hampered logging and other economic development.

“In other words Grease my palms”.

Goble added that the main reason some species linger for decades on the endangered list is a shortage of federal money to help pay for their recovery.

“Money taken away by these same congressmen”.

Vanderbilt Law School professor J.B. Ruhl said previous attempts to reform the Endangered Species Act in the 1990s and again last decade failed.

Regardless of the merits of the latest proposal, Ruhl said the topic remains a “third rail” many politicians are unwilling to touch.

Signed into law by President Richard Nixon in December 1973, the act has resulted in additional protections for more than 1,500 plants, insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and other creatures, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Republicans have seized on the fact that only 2 percent of protected species have been declared recovered, despite billions of dollars in federal and state spending.

Because greedy builders, loggers and such, are doing everything legal and not, to make sure that Endangered Species do not survive.


Rep. Norman “Doc” Hastings, R-Wash., center, discusses a new report that proposes alterations to the 40-year-old Endangered Species Act, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol in Washington. Hastings, along with Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., left, led the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group, a panel of House Republicans who want the law to be administered by the states to balance wildlife protection with economic development. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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