Monday, August 11, 2008

Going down swinging at the Endangered Species Act

We didn't really expect that the Bushies would relinquish the opportunity to dismantle parts of the Endangered Species Act before they left office. We had hope that they would simply be content to ruin the economy, foreign relations, and the U.S. Mexico border region. But no.

The Bush Administration wants parts of the Endangered Species Act too.
New regulations, which don't require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews government scientists have been performing for 35 years, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.

The draft rules also would bar federal agencies from assessing the emissions from projects that contribute to global warming and its effect on species and habitats.

If approved, the changes would represent the biggest overhaul of the Endangered Species Act since 1988. They would accomplish through regulations what conservative Republicans have been unable to achieve in Congress: ending some environmental reviews that developers and other federal agencies blame for delays and cost increases on many projects.
Damn those critters! Why don't they just go extinct already!

The ignominious Dale Hall had this to say about his shameful shamming:
"We are trying to be more efficient, which means not do consultations that result in a difference for the species," Hall said.
Was that some kind of typo or Freudian slip? Did we misread that?

UPDATE: There is a 30 day comment period on the rule change, but that clock doesn't start running until the notice is published in the Federal Register. More info and links can be found here. (Thanks for your request! Good to see folks wanting to participate, and we will try our best to highlight public comment opportunities in the future.)

UPDATE AGAIN: The Federal Register notice with info on how to comment can be found here. Thirty days starts now.

3 comments: said...

Censorship, by and for the Bushies and their friends.

Anonymous said...

I thought I heard on NPR that this latest outrage would be subject to a 30-day comment period. Despite searching several print articles, I can't find anything about it. Nor has FWS posted anything about the rule change on their press release page. Can you provide any enlightenment regarding public comment?

demarcated landscapes said...

See the update above, Anonymous.

We'll try to remember to flag the link to the notice, and post it for you too.