Critics are raising an alarm over planned White House changes to the Endangered Species Act, reports the Oregonian. The modifications would give federal agencies such as the US Forest Service more leeway to decide whether activities such as logging would harm endangered species—and such determinations would no longer be scrutinized by outside reviewers.
The changes are aimed at blocking activists from using the law as a legal lever to impose controls on greenhouse gases, and to streamline the review process. Critics charge that the changes would eliminate important conservation safeguards to protect species. (Read more Endangered Species Act stories.)