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COMPASS: Other points of view

By MIKE NIZICH

Published: January 28th, 2009 08:41 PM
Last Modified: January 28th, 2009 08:42 PM

Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973 to safeguard species from extinction. No one questions that reasonable and prudent measures should be taken to avoid extinction, especially when the threat is posed by human activity.

In recent years, however, the act has become the weapon of choice for environmental groups to thwart resource and economic development activities they oppose. Projects within the habitat of a listed species must undergo extensive consultation and analysis before approval.

In Alaska alone there are 19 ESA-listed species, with another nine species being considered for listing. They run.. http://www.adn.com/opinion/compass/story/671079.html

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