Besides the Majority of Republicans we now have Minnesota and Wisconsin Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin are also working towards Gutting the ESA. Evidently they get alot of Rancher Donations for their campaigns
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At this very moment, Congress has before it a pair of bills, one in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate, that seek to remove ESA protections from gray wolf populations in multiple states, and especially the western Great Lakes region. If the bills become law, they would not only override the ESA. They would also preclude judicial review. American citizens, in effect, would no longer be allowed to access civil courts and challenge federal or state wolf management policies in places like Minnesota, Michigan, and more.
“These bills threaten long-term wolf recovery with bad state management plans and a lack of democracy for citizens,” says Melissa Smith, a Great Lakes field representative for the Endangered Species Coalition. “They represent the interests of a vocal minority, including Big Agriculture, the National Rifle Association, and the trophy hunting communities.”
These proposals have crucial support from prominent liberal politicians. Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin are co-sponsoring the Senate bill. A more conservative Democrat, meanwhile, Representative Collin Peterson of Minnesota, introduced the House version.
Democratic backing for such legislation is more than disappointing. It’s deeply misguided. Here’s why:
1. These bills are corrosive to the ESA’s integrity.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which is charged with implementing the ESA using the best available science, has for years tried to remove federal protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes region. The agency’s delisting attempts, however, have led in all cases to embarrassing defeat in the federal courts.
This legal drama came to a head in 2014, when a district court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the agency’s 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in the Upper Midwest from the ESA violated the law. The court immediately reinstated federal protection for the wolves, writing in its lengthy ruling that the ESA “reflects the commitment by the U.S. to act as a responsible steward for the Earth’s wildlife, even when such stewardship is inconvenient or difficult for the localities where an endangered or threatened species resides.”
These Democrats, with their track record of legislative monkey wrenching, will have little moral ground on which to stand when the Republicans attempt to dismantle our country’s preeminent wildlife law.
The Fish and Wildlife Service challenged the decision at the appellate level, where it is currently being reviewed.
The courts, then, are in the midst of using the law to determine whether gray wolves in the Great Lakes deserve protection or are ready to be delisted. This is the proper venue for deciding the species fate because it relies on the ESA’s own science-centric language to guide the hand of decision-makers.
The wolf bills in Congress, on the other hand, are arbitrary. They do not have any guiding scientific justification. They are purely political. As such, they undermine the integrity of the ESA. If endangered or threatened species are subject to sudden delisting by political actors, what good is the law? If politicians can override its mandates on a whim, is the ESA worth anything at all?
The wolf-delisting Democrats would be wise to think long and hard about such questions, especially given the anti-science and conservation-averse attitude that’s so prevalent in Congress these days. Which leads me to my second point.
2. These bills bolster GOP efforts to weaken or eliminate the ESA outright.
A cockfight is coming in Congress over the ESA. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has clucked recently that he intends to “repeal it and replace it.”
Late last month, Bishop’s committee took an initial jab at the ESA during a hearing about the law’s alleged detrimental impact on the economy. In a press release issued after the august hearing, the American people learned that the ESA has “jeopardized human health and safety, harmed small businesses and, in many cases, further imperiled species.”
As anti-conservation Republicans stir up opposition to the law, Baldwin, Klobuchar, and Peterson are playing right into their hands. These Democrats, with their track record of legislative monkey wrenching, will have little moral ground on which to stand when the Republicans attempt to dismantle our country’s preeminent wildlife law.
Source: These Democrats Are Trying to Sabotage the Endangered Species Act