August 2, 2020. Trump Administration to Endangered Species: Stay Where You Are!

In another move that refuses to acknowledge any sense of future, notably climate change, a new proposal from the Fish and Wildlife Service can block any land that isn’t currently habitat but might be needed in the future. Let it be noted that this Administration is allergic to any consideration of future impacts, a consistent viewpoint across many areas, not just environmental.

“The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to help endangered species flourish and expand back into their former habitats. If this rule were in place fifty years ago, the bald eagle would have been kept at death’s door in perpetuity, limited to a few square miles here and there. If this administration can’t tell the difference between where an endangered species lives today and where it would live if it were no longer endangered, it has no business rewriting this or any other law,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) — from The Hill

You can read it the proposed new rule here: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/proposed-definition-of-habitat-web-version.pdf