One of the many historic successes of Donald Trump's presidency is the impressive degree to which he has advanced the cause of human dominion over the animal kingdom. Since Trump took office, mankind has enjoyed unprecedented species dominance both in the United States and around the world. The nerds at the United Nations even published a report warning that up to a million plant and animal species were at risk of going extinct in the coming decades.
In an effort to build on the president's success, the Trump administration has announced a series of changes to the Endangered Species Act that will make it easier for humans to develop land inhabited by "threatened" wildlife. THE POLITICO, which is located many floors beneath Free Beacon headquarters, reports:
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The revisions announced in the new rule were a culmination of more than a year of efforts to loosen restrictions written to protect hundreds of species judged to be under pressure. The Interior Department has argued that a streamlining is necessary to update how it enforces the 1973 law, including allowing the federal government to begin to measure the economic costs of protecting some species.
"The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal — recovery of our rarest species. The Act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation," said Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in statement.
The revisions spearheaded by Bernhardt, who previously lobbied on behalf of oil and agriculture sectors, include preventing Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service from automatically offering full endangered species protections to wildlife classified as "threatened" and minimizing its consideration of climate change when analyzing a species.
The changes would also allow the department to publish economic impacts of whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, and it would loosen protections on habitats where a species does not currently live but could move into if its numbers rebound.
Trump's actions are in keeping with the noble aims of our Founding Fathers, whose revolutionary declaration famously cited "the course of human events," without any mention of the plants and animals that would rule over us if modern-day libs got their way.