A last-minute rewrite of Endangered Species Act regulations is rash and futile. Editorial by the Idaho Statesman.

This rewrite, or gutting of the Act, is going to disappear if the right candidate wins the presidency.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Idaho Statesman: A last-minute rewrite of Endangered Species Act regulations is rash and futile

  1. avatar Maska says:

    One huge difference between Clinton’s roadless rule and this attempt to gut the ESA by rule making is that Clinton’s roadless revision involved dozens of public meetings (I drove 100 miles in a downpour to attend one.), a lengthy public comment process, etc. ” Bush’s rulemaking is (so far, at least) subject only to a 30 day comment period.

  2. In Idaho the county commissioners did hold a number of meetings on the issue and then they sent their comments to Governor Risch. I don’t know if they listened to the comments of their county residents.

    I did testify at the one in Pocatello.


September 2008


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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