Pelosi: ‘Democrats Will Continue to…Protect Clean Air, Clean Water and the Beauty of God’s Creation’

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 14, 2019 | 11:11am EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a four-month old baby on Capitol Hill on March 15, 2010. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Tuesday criticizing the new regulations that the Trump administration has finalized for the implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

“From Day One, this Administration has put the special interests ahead of the public interest,” Pelosi said.

“This latest disastrous decision deals a devastating blow to our natural inheritance and shamefully abandons our moral responsibility to be good stewards of our planet and its precious resources, all to help out big corporations and polluters--just days after the United Nations warned that our natural world is under ‘unprecedented threat,’” she said.

“House Democrats will continue to be relentless in our work to combat the climate crisis, and to protect clean air, clean water and the beauty of God’s creation for generations to come,” she said.

On Monday, the Department of Interior announced that it had finalized new rules for the implementation of the Endangered Species Act. A significant element of the new regulation deals with when territory that is not inhabited by a species can be declared as “critical habitat” for that species.

“The revisions to the regulations clarify that the standards for delisting and reclassification of a species consider the same five statutory factors as the listing of a species in the first place,” the Department of Interior said. “This requirement ensures that all species proposed for delisting or reclassification receive the same careful analysis to determine whether or not they meet the statutory definitions of a threatened or endangered species as is done for determining whether to add a species to the list.

“While this administration recognizes the value of critical habitat as a conservation tool, in some cases, designation of critical habitat is not prudent,” it said. “Revisions to the regulations identify a non-exhaustive list of such circumstances, but this will continue to be rare exceptions.

“When designating critical habitat, the regulations reinstate the requirement that areas where threatened or endangered species are present at the time of listing be evaluated first before unoccupied areas are considered,” said Interior. “This reduces the potential for additional regulatory burden that results from a designation when species are not present in an area. In addition, the regulations impose a heightened standard for unoccupied areas to be designated as critical habitat. On top of the existing standard that the designated unoccupied habitat is essential to the conservation of the species, it must also, at the time of designation, contain one or more of the physical or biological features essential to the species’ conservation.”

Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement:

Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s Assault on the Endangered Species Act

August 13, 2019

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced major changes to the way that the Endangered Species Act is applied, which will drastically weaken protections for endangered and threatened species and force scientists to consider economic and business interests while ignoring the impacts of climate change:

“The Trump Administration’s staggering special interest handout perfectly showcases its utter disdain for science and the future.

“From Day One, this Administration has put the special interests ahead of the public interest. This latest disastrous decision deals a devastating blow to our natural inheritance and shamefully abandons our moral responsibility to be good stewards of our planet and its precious resources, all to help out big corporations and polluters — just days after the United Nations warned that our natural world is under ‘unprecedented threat.’

“House Democrats will continue to be relentless in our work to combat the climate crisis, and to our protect clean air, clean water and the beauty of God’s creation for generations to come.”

 

 

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