Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species

Lisa Friedman, reporting for The New York Times:

The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator from extinction.

Why in the world would they do this?

The changes could clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live.

Oh, that’s why.

Monday, 12 August 2019