Health Editor’s Note: Instead of seeking solutions for the very real global/earth extinction crisis, with up to one million animal and plant species in jeopardy, the Trump administration wants more regulations which will hog tie conservation efforts. Pollution, overfishing, deforestation, climate change, and poaching are all real threats and not only the creatures who inhabit the earth but also the to earth’s well-being does and will suffer if these areas are ignored/downsized/eliminated.
Trump and His republican lackeys are ignoring these very real threats to healthy biodiversity in favor of kissing up to mining and oil industries who rape and pillage the earth for their own wealth. Humans are the care takers of living being on this earth. Humans are not up to the task. Keeping species of plants and animals from going extinct should not be a political affair, not hardly. Read this article to see how the Endangered Species Act would become ineffective if Trump and his republicans have their way….Carol
Trump Administration Overhauls How the Endangered Species Act Is Enforced
by Brigit Katz Smithsonian.com
The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will implement several changes to the Endangered Species Act—changes that will, according to conservation advocates, weaken legislation that has played a pivotal role in protecting the nation’s at-risk wildlife.
Signed by President Richard Nixon in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) currently protects 1,663 animal and plant species, 388 of which are considered threatened and 1,275 are endangered. The law has been credited with helping bring multiple species back from the brink of extinction, among them the bald eagle, the humpback whale, the California Condor and the American alligator. But as Reuters notes, “the law has long been a source of frustration for drillers, miners and other industries because new listings can put vast swathes of land off limits to development.”
Republicans have long pushed for an overhaul of the law. And the new rules, which are expected to go into effect next month, “appear very likely to clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live,” according to Lisa Friedman of the New York Times.