Unfortunately, some people want to do away with the law even now. Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator and presidential candidate, sounded a common theme when he complained last year that the law prioritizes “critters above people” and was part of “a truly radical environmental agenda.” Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight, has complained, “As a tool for advancing other special interest policy goals, it has certainly been very influential, but I’m not sure that was the act’s original intent.” With all due respect, I think he’s misunderstood the law.
The Endangered Species Act is too valuable to shred for the sake of a pesticide company’s bottom line, a sweetheart mining deal or any other grab for money at the environment’s expense. Let’s keep up the good work rather than turning back the clock.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.