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The Trump Administration Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act
vice.com/en_us/article/kz4q9z/

Last week I spent time talking to a Christian... constitutionalist? originalist? Someone who thinks the Founder Fathers nailed it and that people/govts shouldn't be mandated to help others. His focus on diminishing spheres of empathy leads me to wonder if he thinks ecological shit like this doesn't matter until it hits his backyard or his local-ish economy.

I'm too tired to ask him.

uspol, environmentalism 

@melissa Allegedly it's not really gutted, though, but I suggest reading what was passed since this is the kind of stuff that the media usually doesn't understand or misrepresents for sweet clicks.

uspol, environmentalism 

@chris I agree that the headline is hyperbolic. 😀 The article itself points out two things much more moderately: the loosening of protections to at-risk habitats and the removal of automatic "endangered"-level protections to species that become "threatened."

uspol, environmentalism 

@melissa One thing I heard that I liked was that there would be more transparency in the economical aspects of it. Some of this also just gives control back to the states instead of the federal government, which may result in better protection of endangered species in some areas, but it's a double edged sword.
I don't know much about it outside of that, I just wish to hear a little bit from both sides before I condemn it as something evil and bad.

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