The US government has eased rules to protect endangered plant and animal species. For the first time, the amendment allows the federal authorities to consider the economic costs of protecting a specific species. The lump-sum protection for last classified as threatened animals is repealed.
The changes to the so-called Endangered Species Act date back to Donald Trump's election promise to deregulate federal laws. As a result, individual US states are now watching over safeguards, making previous environmental assessments of resource decisions unnecessary, and eliminating the distinction between endangered and endangered plant and animal species.
For this reason too, Interior Minister David Bernhardt spoke at the presentation of the changes in Washington above all about "transparency and impact". Regulatory restrictions would be reduced, he assured. The US Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seconded that the new rules would achieve "the maximum level of regulatory certainty". In addition, the species would be protected.
"99 percent of the listed species could be saved"
Nature and animal rights activists see this differently. They fear that parts of the native flora and fauna will continue to be pushed to the brink of extinction. They see Bernhardt's announcement above all as a victory for the energy lobby: Oil and gas wells in certain protected areas as well as large-scale clearing - such as for fracking plants - are now more easily possible.
In an earlier hearing, Democratic Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey pointed to the importance of the Endangered Species Act : "99 percent of species that have been on the list of endangered or endangered species since the law was introduced have been sustainably protected Their holdings are considered safe today, "Booker said, looking at the Grizzly, the American Alligator, or the Bald Eagle.