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In 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress introduced at least 63 separate pieces of legislation that would strip federal protections for specific threatened species or undermine the U.S. Endangered Species Act (once every 6 days)
Trump administration announced that it's moving to strike the Canada lynx from the endangered-species list, despite a 2016 assessment concluding the species will die out in its northern range by the end of the century without federal protection.
Trump Admin claims lynx no longer need protection, which is interesting given that US Fish & Wildlife don't actually know or even pretend to estimate its population.
The Endangered Species Act "has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it"
For endangered species, politics replaces science: a leaked US Fish & Wildlife memo shows governors will appoint species assessment "experts" including people who have no credentials
"...devolving federal authority over endangered species management to the states will almost certainly weaken protections for those species and undermine conservation & recovery efforts"
How the Endangered Species Act Helps Save Humans, Too
New Regulation Requires All Protected Species To Be Actively Looking For New Habitat In Order To Receive Funding
"The Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife...because they were “potential burdens” to energy development"
The agencies are still legally required under NEPA "to mitigate the harmful effects of development and consider climate change. Now they’ve been told not to let climate change considerations or mitigation burden energy development"
Following a long career representing extractive industries, Interior Department's principal deputy solicitor Jorjani "makes a practice of prioritizing meetings with industry parties, and then issuing industry-friendly legal decisions."
Federal government's top fisheries experts say that 3 widely used pesticides — including insecticide chlorpyrifos — are jeopardizing the survival of many species of salmon, as well as orcas that feed on those salmon.
"In a decision based on long-term climate projections, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed ringed seals in Alaska as threatened under the Endangered Species Act." adn.com/alaska-news/en…

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