Endangered Species Act Overhaul

eagle.jpgKim Fox for 3p: Representative Richard Pombo’s (R-Calif) startling Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act bill passed the House last week on Capital Hill. The bill would overhaul the 1973 Endangered Species Act, which is credited for protecting 1,268 U.S species of plants and animals and 466 critically sensitive habitats. The new proposed law would eliminate the critical habitat designations and remove pesticide controls near threatened species.
Also, the Department of the Interior Secretary (a political appointee) is granted authority to designate the scientific data methods that drive the government’s decisions under the law. The biggest debate in the House was over the proposed plan to pay farmers and developers for economic losses from the US Fish and Wildlife rulings that would limit development plans due to the presence of a threatened species, potentially costing the government billions of dollars.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.