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Reform the Endangered Species Act by Respecting Property Rights

August 17, 2019 - 8:15am
The endangered Florida panther

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the nation’s most popular and powerful environmental law. There has been much discussion (and disagreement) over whether the law is a success or failure. On the one hand, almost no protected species have gone extinct since the ESA was enacted. On the other hand, equally few species have fully recovered. In fact, less than 3 percent of protected species have achieved recovery.

So why have so few animals recovered under the ESA? Too little regard for property rights.

Why Congress, Not the President, Should Lead on Environmental Protection

April 1, 2019 - 9:00am
Jonathan Wood

In February, Congress approved a massive, bipartisan federal lands bill, designating five new national monuments, 1.3 million acres of wilderness, 620 rivers as wild and scenic, and permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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