If you judge a public policy by its results, the ESA of 1973 is a flop. Over 2,000 species have been listed as endangered pursuant to the Act. How many have recovered? Around thirty. The ESA has, however, been incredibly effective at frustrating and delaying economic activity.
Officials have unveiled a package of reforms crafted to make the 45-year-old statute better serve both the species it is supposed to recover and landowners caught up in the law’s cumbersome regulations. Read CFACT's official comment.
The Interior Department has been quietly writing new rules and regulations under the Endangered Species Act that will hand broad new powers to federal bureaucrats.