National Geographic: Outgoing administration’s last-minute changes to wildlife protections draw criticism. Overshadowed by the turmoil of the presidential transition, the Trump administration’s actions may harm animals and the environment.
OVER THE PAST four years, wildlife and environmental protections in the United States have been under attack. President Donald Trump’s administration has pursued a campaign of deregulation, undoing or weakening scores of laws and policies that protect threatened species and the environment.
Policies that hurt wildlife have included scuttling a complex compromise to conserve sage grouse, plowing through wilderness areas to build a border wall, and removing gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act. “The Trump Administration has been consistently bad on wildlife… from day one until the last days,” says Drew Caputo, vice president of litigation for Earthjustice, an environmental law group.
That pattern has continued in the final hours of Trump’s presidency. Here are a few of the key environmental developments, which during the pandemic, impeachment, and political unrest, haven’t received enough attention, experts say.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not respond to National Geographic’s requests for comment on this or related issues.