Bill Would Bar ESA From Fighting Climate Change

Law360, New York (March 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would temporarily prohibit the secretary of the interior from considering global climate change as a factor in determining whether to list a species as threatened or endangered, thus halting protections for the polar bear and other animals.

The legislation, which would amend the Endangered Species Act, was proposed Thursday by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and immediately referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. It was co-sponsored by Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

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