Environmental Outlook: Endangered Species Act

Environmental Outlook: Endangered Species Act

The recent budget bill included a rider removing some wolves from the Endangered Species Act. New debate over whether politics rather than science could determine an animal’s status.

A provision attached to Congress’ recent budget deal removed some wolves from the Endangered Species list. The gray wolf in the Northern Rockies became the first animal ever taken off of the endangered species list through legislation, rather than scientific review. Critics of The Endangered Species Act cheered the move, but some environmentalists worry it sets a dangerous precedent. When President Nixon signed the act into law in 1973, it had widespread, bipartisan support. But it's never been without controversy. As part of our Environmental Outlook series, a look at the new debate over The Endangered Species Act.


Rodger Schlickeisen

president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife

Jonathan Adler

professor of law at Case Western Reserve University

Andrew Revkin

writes the Dot Earth blog for The New York Times and is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University

Rep. Steve Pearce

Republican representative from New Mexico

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