Category Archives: Endangered Species Act

Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform essential for protecting

“By any reasonable measure, the ESA has been an abject failure. Of the 1,661 species listed as threatened or endangered since 1973, only 3% have been recovered. Endless litigation has tied up resources that could have gone toward species recovery.” click here

Climate activists threaten endangered species with extinction

” Last Saturday, police in New York arrested 70 people protesting the lack of attention to climate change. They unfurled a banner that read, “climate change = mass murder” with the word “change” crossed out and replaced by the word “emergency.” ” click here

IPCC says NO evidence climate change has led to a single species becoming extinct

“In 2007, the IPCC predicted that rising global temperatures would kill off many species. But in its new report, part of which will be presented next Monday, the UN climate change body backtracks. There is a shortage of evidence, a draft version claims.”

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Wind energy company pleads guilty to killing eagles

Wind energy is not the way to go on a large scale. Killing eagles and other birds is just the tip of the proverbial ice berg.

“A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.” Click here

Most Earth species are still unknown… much for declining biodiversity

As reported here, most of the species on the earth have still not been identified and/or are unknown. If this is indeed the case, then how can anyone make claims of declining biodiversity?

Dunes Sagebrush Lizard decision delayed, science in question

In response to this letter, the Department of the Interior has delayed a decision on the listing of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard for 6 months.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and private lands

This thoughtful essay examines the failure of the Endangered Species Act to preserve species on private lands. The author states:

“….Why is the ESA failing to conserve species on private land? The most likely culprit is the structure of the ESA itself and the incentives it creates for private landowners. In the simplest terms, the ESA penalizes owners of species habitat and so discourages habitat creation and conservation on private land…..”

“….If the ESA, as currently constituted, cannot do the job of conserving species, what would do the trick? Three foundational reforms, suggested above, are necessary, combined with the funding to carry them out. First, the ESA must no longer penalize landowners for owning endangered species habitat. If anything, owning habitat should be rewarded. This requires greater use of non-regulatory measures and compensating landowners for the costs of habitat regulation.”

“Second, the listing process should be insulated from political and economic pressure. The surest way to accomplish this is to “decouple” listing from mandatory regulatory measures. Such a reform would necessarily increase agency discretion in selecting among conservation policy options, but this is a feature not a bug. Not every species will benefit from the same set of conservation tools, and enabling conservation agencies to pick from a menu of tools—and even develop new ones—is preferable to an automatic regulatory hammer triggered by a precautionary scientific finding. Conservation policy measures should be chosen by politically accountable regulators and not be a function of triage or outcome of litigation in federal courts.”

“Third, Congress should recognize that, insofar as species habitat is a public good of value to the nation, it should be provided like any other public good through government subsidy, direct or indirect. This could well mean that federal resources devoted to species conservation increase; if so, that is simply the cost of this nation’s conservation commitment. In 1973, the country declared it would take the measures to conserve the nation’s biodiversity. Substantial ESA reform and adequate funding are the only way that promise can be fulfilled.”

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