How much would you pay to protect an endangered species?

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*Staff Note* – The following comment in regards to this article was provided by a WEI member: “This is no more than an approach to pump more money into an Act and Program (Federal Endangered Species Act) that should be put out of OUR misery, not extended and expanded.  For my money, unless people oppose this sort of roundabout money bamboozlement by federal bureaucrats and politicians to destroy rural American society under the guise of “saving species” a prosperous rural America will join dodoes and great auks in dusty old books.”

“The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the nation’s most popular environmental law. In a time when Americans seemingly are divided on everything, there is nearly unanimous support for the goal of recovering rare species.

Unfortunately, that popularity has not translated into the political will to fund timely reviews of petitions to add or remove species from the endangered species list. Regardless of which party controls Congress or the White House, the federal agencies tasked with reviewing petitions have not had the resources to meet the law’s strict response deadlines.

The predictable result has been a significant backlog in petitions. Right now, more than 500 species petitions are pending before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which the agency estimates will take a decade to work through.<<<Read More>>>