President Obama Restores Clout to Government Scientists Regarding Endangered Species

President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken SalazarIn his last days in office, former President Bush set forth a ruling that allowed federal agencies to bypass government scientists when launching new projects that could affect endangered species. In that way, the well-being of endangered animals was devalued.

But on Tuesday, President Obama reversed the ruling and restored the requirement to consult government scientists before going forward with new projects.

According to President Obama, “The work of scientists and experts in my administration, including right here in the Interior Department, will be respected. For more than three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation’s most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.”

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