Republican ESA Reform Proposals Face Uphill Battle

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (July 20, 2018, 7:55 PM EDT) -- Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration in recent weeks have turned their attention to weakening the Endangered Species Act, but experts say legislation amending the 45-year-old law has a low likelihood of success, and environmentalists are almost certain to challenge new agency rules in court.

The full court press on the ESA started earlier this month on July 2 when U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced draft legislation to amend the act in several ways, including giving states more say in the federal process to list or not list a species as endangered or threatened under the act. On July...

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