The Trump administration is proposing drastic changes to the Endangered Species Act that would gut key provisions that protect imperiled species and the habitats they need to survive.
APCC is very concerned about the following proposed rollbacks in the Endangered Species Act:
- Current language requiring that science be the only deciding factor in whether to list a species would be changed to also require that economic factors be considered, making it easier for oil, mining and other business interests to influence whether a species is to be saved or allowed to become extinct.
- Species listed as "Threatened" would lose their protected status, which is currently the same protections given to Endangered species. Essentially, this means the intentional killing of Threatened species and destruction of their habitat would become permissible in the Endangered Species Act.
- New language would prohibit consideration of impacts from climage change and other likely future threats to species and their habitats when deciding whether to list a species. Also, impacts to critical habitats would not be considered unless they impact the "entirety" of the species' habitat, thereby encouraging extinction through "death by a thousand cuts."
This is an unprecedented attack on the Endangered Species Act, which in one of the most successful and popular conservation laws in the U.S. Please submit written comments opposing this plan before the public comment period ends on September 24th.
As one of the 90 percent of Americans who support the Endangered Species Act, I am strongly opposed to the changes proposed by the Trump administration that would dramatically weaken protections to this effective law that has saved thousands of species from extinction. Specifically, I am opposed to changes that will:
- Require that economic factors be considered when deciding whether a species is to be saved, instead of basing decisions on sound science.
- Make is easier for mines, pipelines and other industrial projects to be built in critical habitat areas for listed species.
- Make it more difficult to protect species listed as Threatened.
- Prohibit consideration of climate change impacts in the protection of at-risk species and their habitats.
These proposed changes jeopardize the survival of thousands of species that would face extinction if not for the protections currently in the Endangered Species Act. I urge you not to move forward on these dangerous proposals and to instead leave the Endangered Species Act intact.
Please be sure to submit your comments to BOTH of these links before September 24th: