December 12th, 2008
02:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Environmentalists blast changes to Endangered Species rules

Environmentalists are not happy with President Bush's changes to regulations of the Endangered Species Act.

Environmentalists are not happy with President Bush's changes to regulations of the Endangered Species Act.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Bush administration cleared the way Thursday for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists when embarking on projects that could impact endangered wildlife, the interior secretary said.

The final regulations to the Endangered Species Act take effect before President Bush leaves office in January, but wildlife conservation groups say undoing the damage could take months.

"The responsibility to initiate consultation will still lie with the federal agency undertaking the action," Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said, but if the agency in question can satisfy the requirement that no harm will come to an endangered species, then there is no need to consult with either the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Services.

The determination of "no harm" will rest with agency bureaucrats instead of scientists, but the agencies can still seek the input of the scientists on a voluntary basis, Kempthorne said.

Developers and agencies with large projects have long sought a weakening of Endangered Species Act regulations, which they say delay their projects and add to costs.

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. cat

    His last days of power, The Anti-christ, will bring down what eles.
    Why do we stand aside and do nothing?

    December 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Michael, Houston Texas

    What do you expect? This is coming from a person who belongs to a party that still believes in Santa Claus. This whole notion that science is not important because"GOD" will fix everything is stupid. I got a question for you bible thumpers. Do you believe incest is right? Most of you will say no. Okay then, according to your fable, So called God made Adam and Eve, correct? Adam and Eve had to procreate, correct? They made 2 sons correct? How did the sons end up making kids? Sounds like your story sounds like it started with 2 sons procreating with thier mother. Just a small question.

    December 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |


    How much more damage is he willingly inflict on this country?

    What a moron..!!

    December 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. lovable liberal

    Science? We don' need no stinkin' science.

    December 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Give Me a Break

    One more kick in the pants for the American public before he leaves office. over morals once again. January cannot get here fast enough.

    December 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Worst President Ever.

    December 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Venia PA

    He just can't stop trying to ruin the country even in his last days. Every rethuglican that voted for this clown and especially that voted for him twice should have their voting privileges revoked!

    December 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    I swear that man ran for President to destroy this country!

    December 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. unbelievable


    December 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. echinus

    Pathetic...we must not forget his legacy...
    as a corporate pimp...
    he has screwed our country and the world!

    December 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Wise One

    Bush set out to destroy 'Man Kind' . . . now he has his sights set on 'Little Creaters'

    **He's Never Satisified**

    December 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Helene

    That miserable creep will ruin the country until his very last days. No shame. I hope he is tried at The Hague someday.

    December 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Ravi

    Come on, you guys don't actually believe that President Bush is going to take away protection from any species, do you? Even if he did, I'm sure Barack Obama would reverse it upon taking office. Just relax.

    December 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Americans in every state should be demanding that Bush and his cronies are tossed out now! Prosecute this criminal! Americans put this disgrace into power and are responsible for the global repercussions! Deal with it. Make some noise people.

    December 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Paula

    I keep trying to give this President the benefit of the doubt, but his consistent stupidity and lack of common sense appear to have absolutely no bounds.

    December 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. j. matthew kessler

    once again, bush and his ignorant cronies place profits above all else, including the lives of god's creatures

    December 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Meh

    Ugh. Can he leave, already? Polar bears will be extinct in 50 years if something is not done! And this man's administration obviously does not care. What else is new?

    December 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Dubbya, we sure will be glad when we see you walk out the door of the Whitehouse for the last time. I think it should be made a National Holiday.

    December 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Is there a way that we can make our voice heard so that maybe this stupid moronic regulation can revert back to some sense, rather than the nonsence that this moron is trying to put into place????

    December 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. dustin

    you would think bush would be in favor of saving endangered species, after the last two elections the republicans sure are endangered, but then again, conservatives don't really conserve.

    December 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. JVC of NJ

    Word has it that he also wants to drill for oil on Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World.

    December 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. John

    Just another example of the dangers of this monster Bush. He will be remembered as the worst President in the history of this country.

    December 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Anybody notice how the term "junk science" is always used by politicians, business people or others unqualified to evaluate the quality of science? Why don't we change some other laws so that politicians determine whether or not you get brain surgery

    December 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. John

    Is there anything left to destroy???

    December 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. KB Denver Co.

    I thought this man was trying to selvage how history will portray him?
    Well there always money to be made and I betting a small group of people have been cashing in since the beginning of this tyrants presidency. I'm sure this has been planned for some time and with 27% approval rating he not losing any sleep over it either.

    December 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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