The EMPOWERS act seems to be an effort to essentially make ineffective the ESA by setting the bar for placing species on the list so high as to be unattainable. At a time when there seems to be all manner of effort to reduce 'red tape' this effort requiring DOI and/or DOC to obtain agreement from every single state, county, city, town, and township creates a work load that no agency could possibly manage. Given such requirements, I doubt any species would likely ever be listed again. Further, species know no political boundary and the effectiveness of the ESA depends on federal agencies operating uniformly across all such boundaries. Do not hide behind a 'states rights' mantle here. The ESA was created to save endangered species and an inconvenience to a local governments should not be permitted to stand against that mandate.