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2018-07-22. Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act.

posted Jul 24, 2018, 9:35 PM by Alan Gould
By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: WASHINGTON — The Endangered Species Act, which for 45 years has safeguarded fragile wildlife while blocking ranching, logging and oil drilling on protected habitats, is coming under attack from lawmakers, the White House and industry on a scale not seen in decades, driven partly by fears that the Republicans will lose ground in November’s midterm elections. ...The Endangered Species Act was passed by Congress in 1973, and signed by President Richard Nixon at a time when using federal authority to protect threatened species was less controversial. The act has been credited with the resurgence of the American alligator, which had been hunted to near extinction for the use of its skin in purses and other goods; the gray whale, depleted by commercial fishing in parts of the Pacific Ocean; and the bald eagle, which is flourishing again after nearly disappearing from much of the United States.... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/22/climate/endangered-species-act-trump-administration.html
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