Tuesday, September 20, 2005

'Congressmen Seek Endangered Species Change' article (Environmental News)

Here is an interesting article from the Washington Post. It appears that some congressmen (a handful of Republicans and Democrats) are proposing a bill that the Endangered Species Act be rewritten, to require that the government reimbuse land owners for losses incurred from protecting endangered species. Though this may intially sound like a good thing, the catch is that if the compensation isn't paid, then the government can not enforce the Endangered Species Act. According to many environmental groups, this provision would cost so much, that the law would become pretty much worthless. Hopefully it doesn't get passed.

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