Trump's New Changes to the Endangered Species Act Will Harm Bald Eagles

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The bald eagle is the embodiment of the American spirit. Ironically, due to the DDT pesticide outburst in the 1940s and 1950s, their numbers plummeted. Subsequent laws such as the Endangered Species Act protected the remaining bald eagles and nurtured them back out of the endangered species list. However, the Trump administration recently proposed to change the Endangered Species Act and not for the better. As found by an article by the New York Times titled “U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act“, this administration wants to “make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for threatened species .”

Animals will likely become extinct in the future because of this proposal, weakening biodiversity in our ecosystems. One might ask, why would anybody with a sensible mind want to do this? The answer: oil drilling. When oil and gas companies want to find a location to drill, they have to make sure that the location is not the habitat for species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Now, that will hardly be a concern for these companies amidst the new changes.

In addition, the administration discounts climate change as a factor threatening nature in the Endangered Species Act, again empowering these oil companies to continue to mine, unregulated. The bald eagle may soon have to deal with a hotter climate and polluted air. These new stressors will probably land the bald eagle back on the endangered species list, assuming it still exists by the time Trump departs from office.

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