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Democrats, environmentalists blast Interior for ESA climate changes

August 13, 2019
Democrats and environmentalists are blasting changes to the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) implementing rules that the Trump Interior and Commerce Departments finalized Aug. 12, arguing that their definition of how far into the “foreseeable future” risks remain reduces agencies’ ability to consider the effects of climate change. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said in an Aug. 12 statement that the newly finalized regulations “undercut core provisions that have made the ESA one...

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