Bush Relaxes Protections for Endangered Species

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is reducing
protections for endangered animals and plants.
Just six weeks before Democratic President-elect Barack Obama
takes office, the current Republican administration is changing
endangered species regulations.
Some mandatory, independent reviews that government scientists
have performed for 35 years are being eliminated. The scientists'
advice from such reviews can delay or block dams, highways and
other projects.
The new rules will take effect in about 30 days. The rules also
prohibit federal agencies from evaluating the effect on endangered
species and the places they live from a project's contribution to
increased global warming.
Obama has promised to reverse the new rules. Congress also could
overturn them.

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