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ESA: More harm than good?

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Food for thought: according to a recent report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), "The Endangered Species Act, which was created to help protect species in danger of extinction, put the very species it is supposed to protect at risk..."  Similarly, a September 6th, 2007 article in the Economist noted the misplaced burdens created by the act, concluding that "The Endangered Species Act has become unwieldy. Time for a change." See The Economist

As NCPA further stated in its recent press release, "the Act severely penalized landowners, and as a result, many fearful property owners have taken action to make their land inhospitable to endangered species."  See NCPA Daily Policy Digest (Sept. 25, 2007)  However, creating landowner incentives through the "no surprises" assurances has been a major part of the FWS and NMFS efforts to make the ESA permitting program workable as a tool for private land conservation.  See September 1, 2007 ESABLAWG entry.  The Senate Finance Panel also recently approved ESA tax relief legislation -- Habitat and Land Conservation Act of 2007 -- that would reward landowners who protect habitat for listed species, thus squarely addressing one of the core NCPA critiques. (See tax law professor's blog here.)  For an interesting paper on economic incentives to fix the ESA, visit Brett Schaerer's paper for The Thoreau Institute

Importantly, The Economist also observed that "For all its problems, few talk openly about scrapping the act. It enjoys a totemic status akin to the Civil Rights Act; to challenge it is political suicide."  Smart magazine.  But with or without reform, the rest of us need to make the law work.