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.
His last days of power, The Anti-christ, will bring down what eles.
Why do we stand aside and do nothing?
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.
How much more damage is he willingly inflict on this country?
What a moron..!!
Science? We don' need no stinkin' science.
One more kick in the pants for the American public before he leaves office. Sad.....money over morals once again. January cannot get here fast enough.
Worst President Ever.
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!
I swear that man ran for President to destroy this country!
GEORGE BUSH – YOU HAVE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE – GET THE F OUT... PACK UP YOUR BAGS – SHUT YOUR MOUTH, PUT DOWN YOUR PEN... YOU ARE AN EVIL-DOER....
Pathetic...we must not forget his legacy...
as a corporate pimp...
he has screwed our country and the world!
Bush set out to destroy 'Man Kind' . . . now he has his sights set on 'Little Creaters'
**He's Never Satisified**
That miserable creep will ruin the country until his very last days. No shame. I hope he is tried at The Hague someday.
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.
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.
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.
once again, bush and his ignorant cronies place profits above all else, including the lives of god's creatures
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?
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.
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????
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.
Word has it that he also wants to drill for oil on Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World.
Just another example of the dangers of this monster Bush. He will be remembered as the worst President in the history of this country.
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
Is there anything left to destroy???
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.