Trump Administration weakens U.S. wildlife protections, states and conservationists to sue

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    ravensong
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump Administration took steps on Monday to significantly weaken the U.S. Endangered Species Act, prompting state attorneys general and conservation groups to threaten legal action to protect at-risk species.

    The 1970s-era Act is credited with bringing back from the brink of extinction species such as bald eagles, gray whales and grizzly bears, but the law has long been a source of frustration for drilling and mining companies, and other industries because new listings can put vast areas of land off-limits to development.

    The weakening of the Act’s protections is one of many moves by U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, to roll back existing regulations to hasten oil, gas and coal production, as well as grazing, ranching and logging on federal land.
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    Massachusetts and California will lead a multi-state lawsuit joined by conservation groups once the final rule is published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks, challenging what they say was an “illegal” process to revise it.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-wildlife/trump-administration-weakens-u-s-wildlife-protections-over-objections-of-conservationists-idUSKCN1V21KA

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    jwirr
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    K&R Hope MN is one of those states.

    jwirr

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      glinda
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      Me too. This is heartbreaking.

      Animals know more than we do.

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    peacecorps
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    In true conservative fashion, he went after endangered species and LEGAL immigrants on the same day.

    He is consistent (tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for corporations, climate change denial, HUUUUGE increases in military spending, America First (international negotiations and cooperation a distant second) is nothing else.

    National problems (slavery/racism, income inequality, pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war) are not solved with more national sovereignty.

    A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."

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