Obama Restores Key Protections to Endangered Species Act

Statement by John Kostyack, Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation and Global Warming at the National Wildlife Federation

04-28-2009 // NWF Media Team

The Obama administration today fulfilled a campaign promise by rescinding last-minute Bush administration regulations that weakened the Endangered Species Act. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced he would expedite the repeal of the rule under the authority granted by Congress in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Today's rule reversal reinstates the Endangered Species Act's requirement that federal agencies consult with independent scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.

John Kostyack, Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation and Global Warming at the National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Federation said:

"We applaud the Obama administration for making the Endangered Species Act a priority in its first 100 days. President Obama clearly recognizes the important role the Endangered Species Act plays in protecting America's endangered plants, fish and wildlife.

"Restoring these core protections of the Endangered Species Act signals a renewal of America's conservation ethic. We have a responsibility to our children and grandchildren to ensure that wildlife not only survives, but thrives into the future.

"Permanently reinstating independent scientific review puts the teeth back into the law that saved the bald eagle and Yellowstone grizzly bear. Science, not politics, must be the driving force behind all endangered species decisions.

"Scientific integrity has been the key to the Endangered Species Act's success for the past 35 years and it will especially needed as we work to help wildlife and ecosystems survive the unprecedented threat of global warming."

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