Pres. Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

A four-month old white lion cub is presented to the press at the Altiplano zoo in Tlaxcala Mexico

"This change will not affect the protections for species now listed as threatened, but will ensure that species listed as threatened in the future receive the protections tailored to the species' individual conservation needs", said the Fish and Wildlife Service in a statement.

The proposal will also prohibit designation of critical habitat for species threatened by climate change, even though in many cases these species are also threatened by habitat destruction and other factors.

"These rules will be very protective", said U.S. Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, adding that the changes also will reduce the "conflict and uncertainty" associated with many protected species. The Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, has used industry guidance documents and policy memos to dial back its oversight of air pollution under the Clean Air Act. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), many have argued, is outdated, costly and allows for too many lawsuits from environmental organizations. Even though most endangered species now occupy small fractions of their historic range, those areas would effectively be precluded from ever helping a species recover.

Under the proposal, the federal government will for the first time create a definition. Under the proposal the definition of foreseeable future extends "only so far as we can reasonably determine that the conditions posing the potential danger of extinction are probable", the Interior Department said.

Environmental advocates said they vigorously oppose the proposed changes, describing them as attempts to strip a decades-long tradition.

More news: Shazam! has me excited about DC movies again

Another significant change, which has been rumored since April, affects what is known as the "Removal of Blanket Section 4 (d) Rule". Species now under consideration for protections are considered especially at risk, including the North American wolverine and the monarch butterfly, they said. Endangered species are at risk of extinction throughout much of their range, whereas threatened species are likely to become endangered in the near future.

"We are proposing these improvements to produce the best conservation results for the species while reducing the regulatory burden on the American people", U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan, said in a statement.

The proposal specifically targets the Endangered Species Act, which was established in 1973.

There are hundreds of animal species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, including the Yosemite toad, the piping plover and the northern spotted owl. Less than a month into his presidency, the Senate held a hearing to discuss ways to "modernize the Endangered Species Act", which included gripes about how the law kills jobs, violates states' rights, and is unfair to landowners. The Department of Interior could implement them after a 60-day public commentary period beginning Thursday.

Related News:

  • Sergio Marchionne stepping down as CEO of Fiat Chrysler

    Sergio Marchionne stepping down as CEO of Fiat Chrysler

    A Fiat Chrysler sign is seen outside the Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., in this file photo. In order to accelerate the CEO transition process, the board has named Mike Manley as CEO.
    Under secretary of defense defends Putin invite to DC

    Under secretary of defense defends Putin invite to DC

    The former Republican lawmaker was banned from travelling to Russian Federation in 2014 for calling out its annexation of Crimea. It has been a dizzying week for the United States intelligence community. "In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy".
    Trump claims Michael Cohen's phone-taping is ’perhaps illegal’

    Trump claims Michael Cohen's phone-taping is ’perhaps illegal’

    McDougal has said she began a almost year-long affair with Trump in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth. New York, where the taping reportedly took place, legally requires only one person's consent for such a recording.
  • Pursuit ends in hostage situation at LA grocery store

    Pursuit ends in hostage situation at LA grocery store

    Traffic in the Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater area quickly jammed up and the LAPD urged the public to stay away from the area. He ended up in Silver Lake , where he crashed outside the Trader Joe's located at 2738 Hyperion Ave. before entering the store.
    Video shows deadly shooting over parking spot

    Video shows deadly shooting over parking spot

    The Sheriff's Department is not pressing charges against Drejka because of Florida's Stand Your Ground law. While the father and son were in the store, Jacobs was approached by Michael Drejka, 47, police said.

    Transgender Arizona woman says CVS pharmacist refused to fill prescription

    The woman had been told by a doctor that her baby had stopped developing, and her options were surgery or the medication. A CVS pharmacist in Arizona was sacked after he refused to fill the hormone prescription of a transgender woman .
  • Pharmacist Fired for Refusing to Fill Transgender Woman's Hormone Prescription

    CVS posted its response on Twitter, apologizing to Hall and saying the pharmacist was no longer employed by the company. When no one addressed her concerns, she chose to file a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy on Thursday.
    Tiger Woods stays solid on soggy British Open Friday

    Tiger Woods stays solid on soggy British Open Friday

    He turns 25 before the month is over, and a victory at Carnoustie on Sunday would give him a collection of four majors at age 24. There's still a ton of golf left to be played. "Very happy to be back in the tournament", Spieth said.
    Inside Trump's isolated days amid Russian Federation  fallout

    Inside Trump's isolated days amid Russian Federation fallout

    Mr Antonov said he had not seen Mr Trump's invitation himself, but added that " Russia was always open to such proposals". He repeatedly tweeted about the meeting's coverage in the days after, calling the media " the enemy of the people ".
  • Amazon Prime Day shopping topped $4 billion, analyst estimates

    Amazon Prime Day shopping topped $4 billion, analyst estimates

    Purchases on the site typically are done on a desktop, with the exception of holiday shopping. Amazon reportedly starting having issues as soon as Prime Day began.

    Tiger Woods has mixed bag and another 71 at British Open

    I really felt like I had control of the golf ball. "And on top of that, I made some longer putts, which was nice". The round ties the low at Carnoustie shot in the final round in 2007 by Steve Stricker and Richard Green.
    Burberry burns unsold products and not everyone is buying why

    Burberry burns unsold products and not everyone is buying why

    Among the products destroyed were cosmetics from the company's beauty line, which was sold to Coty. In 2017, Burberry destroyed £28.6m worth of unsold clothes , accessories and perfume.


Most liked

DeMarcus Cousins Says Signing With Warriors Was 'My Nuclear Bomb'
Showtime Sports followed Cousins during his free agency journey and recovery for a docu-series called The Resurgence . He's one of the top in this business and just his approach to every game, I want that guy on my team every day.

Chelsea fire warning to Real Madrid over £170m Eden Hazard transfer
With Courtois on his way out of the club, Chelsea are hell-bent on not losing Eden Hazard in the same transfer window. The 59-year-old Sarri, who was coach of Serie A club Napoli from 2015-18, is delighted to be at Chelsea .

Trump says he’s ‘not happy’ that the Federal Reserve keeps hiking rates
The IMF projects the U.S. trade deficit will widen as tax cuts and spending increases enacted this year stoke demand for imports. The Fed is charged with keeping prices stable, often by raising interest rates to prevent the economy from overheating.

Norway sends assistance as Sweden struggles to contain ferocious wildfires
Neighbouring Norway was hit by wildfires in 100 locations in the south last week, some of which were triggered by lightning. Sweden's government is asking other countries for help to tackle forest fires that have taken hold across the country.

Gold slips to 1-year low
The local currency moved to an intra-day high of 68.27 but some dollar demand in afternoon session pushed back to a low of 68.47. Palladium climbed 0.1 per cent to $911.90 per ounce. "Crude has been rising steadily so some kind of adjustment was due.

Salmonella outbreak investigated nationwide, including Pennsylvania
The CDC said it has communicated its findings to representatives of the turkey industry and advised about how to take precautions. A salmonella outbreak has been linked to raw turkey products nationwide, including stores throughout California. .

Merck Lowers Cost Of Zepatier, Says Its Committed To Avoiding Price Hikes
According to the IMS data provided by Raffat, the six drugs collectively brought in approximately $12 million during all of 2017. Recently, Pfizer was lambasted by President Donald Trump over its price hikes and announced it would roll them back.

North Korea, Eritrea Have Highest Rates of Modern Slavery
Vietnam was the second largest source, with $11.2bn, and India third with $3.8bn. But the source also said North Koreans desire unification.

Jordan Spieth drives almost 400 yards to make eagle
Tiger Woods was on the range, preparing to tee off on the weekend at the British Open for the first time since 2014 at Hoylake. Woods asked the gallery to move back because he would have to start it to the right with the golf ball well above his feet.

Jason Momoa’s Aquaman gets spectacular first trailer at Comic-Con
Kristian Harloff and John Rocha talk about the Aquaman trailer at SDCC 2018 - the San Diego Comic-Con. It tells the origin story of Aquaman - a half human, half-Atlantean named Arthur Curry ( Momoa ).

McConnell Asks for Committee Hearings on Russia Sanctions
Trump called the U.S investigation into possible Russian meddling "foolish" and said that both countries "have made mistakes". After Cornyn said that more than a symbolic action was needed, an angry Flake said that "symbolism is important".

Lost Vegas in remarkable last-minute dash to Carnoustie
Vegas landed near Carnoustie less than two hours before his tee time. "I grabbed the clubs, went out and hit about 20 balls". Then the document was stranded in NY because of mechanical issues with the delivery company's plane.

Eating dinner earlier could reduce cancer risk
The risk of developing breast cancer decreased by 16% and that of developing prostate cancer by 26%. They also defined their chronotype - that is, whether they are a morning or an evening person.

Illness forces Marchionne out of Ferrari
Mike Manlay will take up the role of CEO, with FCA shareholders also proposing that he be elected executive director. He asked everyone to respect Marchionne's "privacy and that of all those who are dear to him".

Obama Condemned Identity Politics in Speech Honoring Mendela
These days "we see much of the world threatening to return to a more risky , more brutal, way of doing business", Obama said. Apart from that, it has also triggered a debate over his legacy and South Africa's fate since he resigned in 1999.