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Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Selling Out Animals to Big Oil

Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Selling Out Animals to Big Oil

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The Trump Administration has launched yet another attack on endangered species and their habitats. Under the most recent proposal, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) would have to consider potentially inflated and inaccurate assessments from big oil and other industries when considering critical habitat designation. Urge the FWS to protect endangered animals and habitats and not to be duped by self-interested industry leaders!

Critical habitat designations are an essential part of helping federally protected species survive and recover, and are hugely important to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Currently, the FWS is required to consider the economic impacts of protecting endangered species and habitats in a specified area before issuing a critical habitat designation.

However, under this new proposal, the FWS would accept assessments addressing the anticipated financial impact of critical habitat designation on federal lands directly from special interest groups.. This problematic process would allow industry leaders to grossly inflate or fabricate their losses, which could bypass science, data, and facts altogether.

This new proposal adds to the administration's attacks against the ESA in favor of industry leaders. Last year's rollback of the ESA included publicizing the potential impact of protecting endangered species and their habitats on the operations of the oil and gas industry, foresters, and others that work on or near federal lands.

In July, the FWS proposed a rule, which is still an active threat, that would stop the agency from protecting the habitat of endangered species if the area is not currently able to host them, which disregards habitat loss and species migration caused by climate change.

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