Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act or the ESA was passed in the 1970's as a means to protect species that are close to extinction due to economic growth and development. During the Bush Administrations rule however federal agencies were allowed to; Google Reader (1000+):
issue permits for mining, logging and other activities without consulting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service about endangered wildlife and plants.
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This decision has been since overturned. The decision made by the Bush Administration put many animals in danger of extinction while allowing the destruction of their habitats, and in some cases, the animals themselves. It was decided to be overturned during the Bush Administration because many agencies found it both extremely time consuming as well as extremely expensive to hire biologists, their own experts and many others to make sure their work wouldn't harm the environment or the animals that thrive in it. Since reissuing the act, animals and their habitats will hopefully be sparred.
"By rolling back this eleventh-hour regulation, we are ensuring that threatened and endangered species continue to receive the full protection of the law" and that top science will be the foundation of the decision making, said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.