Trump To Remove Protections For Endangered Species Despite Surge In Extinctions

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Despite widespread consensus around the growing risk of extinction, Trump continues to strike environmental protections.

The Trump administration is moving to reduce endangered species protections, in spite of a United Nations report published this week which argues that 12.5 percent of the world’s plants and species are at risk for extinction, Newsweek reports.

The report claimed that human actions have resulted in the extinction of more than one million species and that biodiversity is decreasing at “an unprecedented phase.”

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said he was aware of the U.N. study, but hadn’t been fully briefed on it.

On Friday, the secretary said, “We didn’t start doing them to not do them,” referring to a set of regulations that would limit the protection of endangered species by taking into account the economic impact of safeguarding them. Bernhardt previously wrote that the Endangered Species Act puts “unnecessary regulatory burden” on corporations.

President Trump has long sought to remove environmental protections that reduce gas and oil profits. The administration, for example, will no longer fine companies for the unintentional killing of birds -- a common side effect of oil spills.

Environmental protection groups like Earthjustice have said these regulatory rollbacks are illegal and intend to challenge them in court.

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This man is a menace to the natural world. It's appalling that he and his cohorts haven't closely analysed the unprecedented UN report on the serious state of the planet which shows their disregard and disrespect for that organisation. The Trump administration has a responsibility to play its part in helping to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases and other pollutants on the atmosphere to ensure the health and well being of the planet and to take these environmental threats seriously instead of dismissing them and being in denial. It is appalling that environmental controls in the US have been lifted to allow the powerful oil and gas companies to do what they like to the environment with no consequences. There are many concerned people in the US who oppose such irresponsible decision-making and want environmental controls to remain not only to protect the natural world in the US but for the benefit of the planet as a whole. The renown conservationist Sir David Attenborough has said that we ignore what is happening to our peril and spoke to this effect at the Davos conference earlier this year. The equally renown primatologist and conservationist, Dr Jane Goodall, has said 'we must act now' before it's too late. For shame America.