(Farmington) Conservation groups are slamming the Trump administration’s new rule that significantly weakens the Endangered Species Act.
The rule announced Monday would make it harder for scientists to consider climate change when deciding whether to list a species, and it makes it easier to take a species off the endangered species list.
Leda Huta with the Endangered Species Coalition says this paves the way for projects to go through, even if they push plant and animal species closer to extinction.
A recent U.N. study found that one million species worldwide are verging on extinction due to human activities.
Until now, the agency was only allowed to consider whether a species is close to extinction when making a recommendation for a listing but with the change, they’ll also be able to look at the economic consequences.
However, Huta says the economics should only come into play after the listing.
More than 800-thousand responses poured in during the public comment period, and they overwhelmingly were against these changes, which will take effect in about a month.
Multiple wildlife organizations have said they will very likely take the feds to court to preserve the Endangered Species Act.
Endangered animals in Missouri include the gray wolf and multiple species of bats, fish, turtles and mussels.