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September 19, 2014
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editorial

Threatening endangered species


Forty years ago, the federal ESA of 1973 was signed into law by President Richard Nixon, a Republican. We believe that since then, the rules to protect species and their habitats on both state and federal levels have provided a workable and successful framework that brings different interests to the table to reach mutual accommodations. We believe that science should trump politics in this matter. We believe that sustaining habitat and protecting species and their ecosystems is good for everybody, including good for the economy. (Think of our own Upper Delaware River and its importance as an economic engine, which requires our long-term protection.) We believe that there is an effective T&E species program already in place in Pennsylvania and that it does not need to be “fixed.”