The Trump administration's attack on nature far exceeds its efforts to open up protected wilderness to oil drilling.

Author:Gajewski, Karen Ann
Position:WORTH NOTING - Brief article
 
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The Trump administration's attack on nature far exceeds its efforts to open up protected wilderness to oil drilling. Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would eliminate automatic protections for threatened plant and animal species. Without the ESA, signed into law in 1973 by President Richard Nixon, experts believe several species--such as the bald eagle and grey whale--would be extinct today. Under current law, there are blanket protections for species and their habitats categorized as "threatened" or "endangered." The Trump plan...

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