Monday, May 4, 2009

More protection to endangered animals in United States

At the end of the last year former president Bush and his administration did all what was in their power to show the nation how little they care for environment. One of the last moves Bush did as the president was severe weakening of the Endangered Species Act by giving federal agencies permission to ignore input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service when constructing dams, highways, parking lots and other projects.

The explanation for such environmental nonsense was that many federal agencies have their own scientists. Of course these scientists are not specialized in different wildlife and habitat issues, nor they can be objective when making the decision. Luckily, the endangered animals problems is one of the top issues on president Obama environmental agenda as couple of weeks ago he announced how he would order a review of a regulation to ensure better protection for endangered animals. His words have now become a reality and this bad regulation has been reversed.

This means that federal agencies will have to consult with federal fish and wildlife experts before starting construction of some project, and not acting on their own like Bush enabled them to do. There are still many people that do not agree with such environmental policy saying how construction projects are needed to revive the U.S. economy and create more jobs, so emphasis should not be on protection of endangered animals, but on economy and people.

I personally believe that U.S. should first protect its plants and animals, and then worry about constructing different buildings, after all buildings can be built any time unlike the animals and plants that cannot come back from dead after being brought to extinction. Lives are always more important than buildings. Well at least they should be.

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