Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the foundational U.S. conservation law, the Endangered Species Act (ESA):
“The Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the ESA are unacceptable and dangerous. These policies are a giveaway to polluters and special interests at the expense of our environment, all in the name of short-term profit.
“Vulnerable species need more protections than ever as growing human encroachment of wild areas and intensification of global climate change is increasing the threats to more and more species. The ESA is a critical and highly successful tool for species protection that has served this nation well for more than four decades.
“Trump and Secretary Bernhardt’s proposed changes are a laundry list of giveaways to special interests. They do nothing for the environment and strip away important protections that have brought back hundreds of species from the edge of extinction, including the bald eagle, the grizzly bear, the gray wolf, and the peregrine falcon. The administration plan makes it easier for polluters to destroy designated critical habitat areas, requires the consideration of economic factors when considering listing new species, and makes it harder to incorporate the impacts that the climate crisis will have on threatened species.
“I will do everything I can to ensure that this horrible attempt to weaken one of this country’s most important environmental provisions is soundly defeated, just as I will continue my work on the House Natural Resources Committee to protect the ESA and build on it to provide greater protections of endangered and threatened species now and in the future.”