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house Bill H.R. 717

Listing Reform Act

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Title

Listing Reform Act

Official Title

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Listing Reform Act (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to allow the Department of the Interior or the Department of Commerce, as appropriate, to prioritize the consideration of petitions to list a species as endangered or threatened other than in the order in which the petitions are received. The appropriate department may not give general priority to petitions to add species to the list of endangered or threatened species over petitions to remove a species from the list. The deadline for the appropriate department to decide on whether or not a petition to list or remove a species should be granted is changed from within 12 months to as expeditiously as possible. The appropriate department is given the authority to preclude the listing of a species as threatened due to the likelihood of significant, cumulative economic effects that would result from such listing or from the likely resulting designation of critical habitat of the species. Once a petition is precluded due to those economic effects, the appropriate department may not reconsider that finding unless the department: (1) determines there is endangerment of extinction of the species; or (2) receives a new petition to add the species to the list that includes an analyses concluding that alternative actions are possible other than those resulting in significant, cumulative economic effects.

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      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 27th, 2017
    This is just another of Pete Olson's bills designed to eradicate the protections of the ESA. While he's framing his act as allowing the government to prioritize the most endangered species, his actual goal is to eliminate protections for species which impede oil drilling projects that he would like to see pursued. He has not been subtle about this intention (https://olson.house.gov/olson-energy-wildcatters-speech). This is a trend in legislation he has proposed (Here's the same bill in 2015: https://olson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/olson-introduces-bill-to-give-flexibility-on-esa-listings). The full text of the bill isn't yet available, but here's a small press release for review: http://www.ogj.com/articles/2017/01/olson-reintroduces-bill-to-reform-endangered-species-act-process.html
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    Vote nay to stop another attempt to put a price on the health of nature and the only environment we've got. If we screw this up there's no re-dos people...
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    Protect our environment, once it's gone it's gone forever.
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    Please protect the environment! Vote Nay in HR 717.
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    Sounds like a Trumpian add-on to dismantle the EPA further and kill our planet. Costs always seem to appear in media coverage when we are attempting to calculate the value of worthy mice, owls, etc. versus development on public land.
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    Endangered is endangered, regardless of economic impact.
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    The only reason for this bill is to allow businesses to exploit natural resources without regard for potential extinction of animal species. We must be responsible stewards of animals who are subject to the consequences of human activity. The end of a species should not be compromised by profit.
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    Wildlife protection should be a bipartisan issue. Species do not become threatened or endangered conforming to fit within a set number of spaces. We must do all in our power to prevent extinction of animal species. Especially when these animals are endangered because of human activities. We have done enough damage to our ecosystem, we MUST begin to rectify the problems we have caused. Business interests should not take precedent over the welfare of wildlife.
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    Protect endangered species!
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    This is absolutely inappropriate. Protect our Endangered Species. Profit should not play a factor in protection.
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    Many species face extinction without intervention. A cost benefit analysis is inappropriate to decide the survival of a species given the impact of the loss may be unknown. Protection of the environment should always supersedes business interests.
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    Please vote NO on HR 717. There is not a finite number of species for the endangered list. That's not how that works. At the rate we're going, pretty much every wild animal is going to be able to be on this list. If we are in a position of losing an entire species, we should be doing everything in our power to protect it. We certainly shouldn't be saying it doesn't get our protection bc it didn't become endangered fast enough. Losing 1 species impacts an ecosystem. At some point our planet will stop sustaining us bc we've eliminated it's ability to. Please vote NO on HR 717. I want there to be a place go RF my grandkids someday.
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    As a Conservation Scientist, and a person, the decision to list a species as endangered is a complicated process but not one that should be dictated by ideology. We need biodiversity please let scientists do their jobs!
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    Science and facts determine whether or not a species is endangered of becoming extinct, not partisan ideology. It is not, nor should it be, up to a politician to decide which animals get protection and which don't based on their own business interests (H.R.717 would effectively free up lands for drilling). Vote NO on this bill that would give the fossil fuel industry even more influence than the grip they already increasingly have over politicians.
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    It is not ok to sell out our environment using the economy as an excuse. This bill needs to die.
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    Wildlife protection is a bipartisan issue. Almost all voting Americans, somewhere over 80% when polled, support the Endangered Species Act. Do not sell out American icons like the bald eagle for oil interests. Millions of people come to America, helping the tourism industry, for these animals. Some of these animals are only found in certain parts of North America, and erasure of there existence in a local ecosystem could cause trickle down havoc to other populations in that same system -- including human -- such as the increase of pest. Why would you limit the number of species that can be protected, when they not only help some of our industries, but also are an extreme benefactor to local ecosystems? I value our nation's wildlife and would hope you would do so as well by voting NO on H.R. 717.
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    The economy should not be paramount over the potential extinction of a species. This resolution cannot be allowed to pass.
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    Preserving biodiversity is invaluable. We can't be worrying about the cost when the literal future of life on our planet is at stake.
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    You cannot pick and choose which species are endangered. They either are or are not.
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    Protect the endangered species act!
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