Endangered Species Act Under Fire

Some hope to make it more difficult for plants and animals to receive protections; others seek to strengthen existing law.

"...Of the more than 1,200 species listed as endangered or threatened since passage of the ESA in 1973, very few have recovered to the point where they no longer need special protections such as limiting activity in a designated habitat. "The vast majority of these species have not improved under implementation of current law," says Rep. Richard Pombo (R) of California., chairman of the House Resources Committee. 'In fact, there is little evidence of progress in the law's 30-year history.... It checks species in, but never checks them out.' "

Thanks to Laura Kranz

Full Story: Endangered Species Act under fire from two directions

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