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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Tuesday criticizing the new regulations that the Trump administration has finalized for the implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
“From Day One, this Administration has put the special interests ahead of the public interest,” Pelosi said.
Decision - Blow - Inheritance - Abandons - Responsibility
“This latest disastrous decision deals a devastating blow to our natural inheritance and shamefully abandons our moral responsibility to be good stewards of our planet and its precious resources, all to help out big corporations and polluters--just days after the United Nations warned that our natural world is under ‘unprecedented threat,’” she said.
“House Democrats will continue to be relentless in our work to combat the climate crisis, and to protect clean air, clean water and the beauty of God’s creation for generations to come,” she said.
Monday - Department - Interior - Rules - Implementation
On Monday, the Department of Interior announced that it had finalized new rules for the implementation of the Endangered Species Act. A significant element of the new regulation deals with when territory that is not inhabited by a species can be declared as “critical habitat” for that species.
“The revisions to the regulations clarify that the standards for delisting and reclassification of a species consider the same five statutory factors as the listing of a species in the first place,” the Department of Interior said. “This requirement ensures that all species proposed for delisting or reclassification receive the same careful analysis to determine whether or not they meet the statutory definitions of a threatened or endangered species as is done for determining whether to add a species to the list.
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