July 30, 2011

FAILING TO SAVE THE SPOTTED OWL: “This is a pattern we see all too often with the Endangered Species Act — regulatory measures are imposed with uncertain if any ecological benefit. The ESA has sometimes kept species from falling over the brink of extinction, but has done precious little to achieve its stated goal of species recovery. Residents of depressed timber communities may want ESA reform because of the Act’s tremendous costs, but there’s also ample reason to want ESA reform because of its environmental ineffectiveness.”