Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

The New Endangered-Species Regulations Are Good for Species

A Monarch butterfly at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Golden, Colo., in 2018. (Tom Koerner/USFWS/Handout via Reuters)
The old rules created a perverse incentive not to preserve habitat

Before the ink dried on the Trump administration’s regulatory revisions to the Endangered Species Act last month, environmentalists and the media declared them a disaster. “These changes crash a bulldozer through the Endangered Species Act’s lifesaving protections,” said Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity in a widely quoted statement. “For animals like wolverines and monarch butterflies, this could be the beginning of the end.”

Almost every past attempt to update the nearly 50-year-old law has been met with strong resistance, regardless of the administration in power — and understandably so. Public support for the act consistently ranks high, and

This article appears as “The Danger of Being ‘Endangered’” in the September 30, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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