Endangered Species Act of 1973
The new rules are a “breathtaking" and “illegal” attack on the bedrock conservation law, an Earthjustice attorney said.
Agency officials have slammed the 1973 law as “a sword to tear down the American economy" and likened species listings to "incoming Scud missiles."
Environmentalists see the rule as another handout to industry amid rising alarm that the ecosystems on which humans rely are collapsing.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh didn't participate in the case, which was a victory for landowners.
In his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he's ruled against species protections 95 percent of the time.
Many of the permits were issued to those with ties to Republicans and a major trophy hunting group.
Republican lawmakers are similarly pushing a flurry of bills to overhaul the bedrock conservation law.
And could threaten more than 100 species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
It's "not appropriate" to say permits are "required," warns the memo.
A new proposal appears to cut protections for threatened animals.
It's like “appointing an arsonist as the town fire marshal," said one conservationist.
Environmentalists say the proposal would push imperiled creatures further toward extinction.