Bush proposing radical overhaul of Endangered Species Act

The Bush Administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act — changes that would be the biggest revision in 20 years to a law that protects America’s threatened wildlife. The new regulations would cut out some of the reviews agencies have to undergo when they propose construction or development projects. The proposal also says it’s not possible to link the emissions of greenhouse gasses to impact on wildlife — and so that shouldn’t be taken into account. The full details of the proposal will be released later this week, but Interior Department Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced his plans today, calling them “common sense changes.”

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC

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