Endangered Species

Texas Senator John Cornyn Introduces Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

Contact: Noah Greenwald, (503) 484-7495, ngreenwald@biologicaldiversity.org

Texas Senator John Cornyn Introduces Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

Legislation Would Delay Species Protection, Burden Federal Wildlife Agencies, Increase Extinction Risk for America’s Wildlife

WASHINGTON— Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced two bills today to substantially weaken protections for endangered species. The “Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Act” (S. 375) would make it harder for citizens to ensure species are considered for protection in a timely fashion. The bill would give local governments, Big Oil, Big Agriculture and other industries the right to veto settlement agreements requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make decisions about the protection of endangered species.

“Senator Cornyn’s bill would do nothing but make it harder for America’s imperiled wildlife to get the endangered species protections they so desperately need,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Cornyn’s bill would allow industry and local politicians to needlessly delay protection, almost certainly causing the extinction of more of our native plants and animals.”

read entire article at Center For Biological Diversity

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