Monday, November 10, 2008

Bush Administration's Late Game Endangered Species Regs

The Bush administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act regulations that would allow federal agencies to dispense with the advice of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists about whether projects pose potential harm to federally protected species. This could weaken Endangered Species Act protections by removing preventative measures which eliminate conflict early in the planning process. The Bush Administration is making the changes before the Obama administration is sworn in.

Every administration adopts regulations at the end of their term that they think should be on the books. The regs just get reversed when the new administration comes in if it is the opposing party. President-elect Obama opposes the Bush endangered species plan and will reverse it.

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