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Conservation Groups Not Letting Bush’s Endangered Species Act Go Unnoticed

This is at least the fourth time I’ve heard someone refer to the Bush administration’s proposed regulation on the Endangered Species Act as the fox guarding

Kenzo Norman
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 13, 2008

This is at least the fourth time I’ve heard someone refer to the Bush administration’s proposed regulation on the Endangered Species Act as the “fox guarding the henhouse.”

It’s not just because endangered-species workers love animal analogies. It’s because the new rule gives government agencies the power, sans oversight, to decide for themselves whether their own projects violate environmental law.

The public comment period on the Bush plan ends Tuesday. Over the past few days, 120 conservation groups have sent in about 100,000 angry comments opposing the rule change, reports Reuters. They say the plan is a scheme to gut the 35-year-old law.

Bush’s Interior Dept. says the goal of the proposed regulation is to cut red tape impeding government projects.

The one thing that’s clear is that the rule would fundamentally change the way the Endangered Species Act is implemented. If conservation groups decide that the change violates the law itself, the Interior Dept. can likely expect a lawsuit if its rule is approved.

Kenzo Norman | Kenzo is a journalist-turned-marketer who is fascinated by how storytelling and targeted marketing can result in content that changes businesses. He is responsible for implementing inbound marketing strategies that help his clients raise brand awareness, generate leads, and gain new customers as an Account Executive. Jason enjoys reading on the beach, tracking down mono records, and playing guitar when he is not working.

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