White House Weakens Endangered Species Act
President Donald Trump’s administration has scaled back protections for species that could be endangered soon, as opposed to those already facing extinction. The new regulations make it harder to advocate for species on the basis of climate change and enable federal agencies to consider the economic impact of protective regulations. The change is expected to help property developers and the fossil fuel industry, which have argued that the Endangered Species Act — credited with saving the bald eagle — stifles business.
How are conservationists reacting? The modifications “crash a bulldozer” through the law’s current protections, according to one wildlife advocate, while California and Massachusetts have already sued the administration.