Is The Endangered Species Act Endangered By A Bunch Of Dodos?
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed at the height of the environmental movement in the early 1970s. In the budget deal just passed, Congress for the first time removed a species from the list. This was widely cited as a threat to the act but it is not nearly as big a problem as the ones cataloged here:
In its 2012 budget request, the service estimated that in 2011 it will be able to make final listing decisions on only 4 percent of warranted petitions within one year as required by law, down from 12 percent in 2010.
If you read the whole article, you see there are a lot of actors at fault. Congress routinely underfunds the agency charged with implementing the ESA, The Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency moves very slowly on each determination. Environmental groups have tried to make it move faster by filing even more petitions, leading the agency to fall even further behind. Meanwhile, with global warming threatening more and more habitats, more and more species threaten to go the way of the dodo (pictured).Click here for reuse options!
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