Opinion: Why we must save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump administration

Zinke, Trump and Pence

BRUCE BABBITT / YALE ENVIRONMENT 360 – In the 1984-like Newspeak of the Trump Interior Ministry, officials are broadcasting plans to “modernize” and “improve” the Endangered Species Act, even as the Head of the Ministry issues decrees to undermine its reach and effectiveness.

Since taking office, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has set out to eviscerate the act by restricting and manipulating scientific research, by narrowing the review process, and by hiring underlings dedicated to its destruction. And now Republicans in Congress, who realize they could lose their majorities in the November midterm elections, are threatening to join the wrecking crew with a host of destructive amendments that would further weaken the act …

Bruce Babbitt served as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1993 to 2001 and as Governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987. 

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