The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

Patty Morton, San Clemente

Dear editor, I never thought I would see the day when our president’s administration would go to such great lengths to weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with so many proposed regulatory changes. The ESA’s track record has been so successful, it is difficult to understand why the current administration would try to weaken its authority by turning the ESA into more of an extinction plan for species already threatened, rather than making a concerted effort to save them.

In a nutshell, these regulatory changes make it more difficult to protect species, add new species to the list, and to protect critical habitat; but it makes it easier to remove species currently on the list, to reduce protections for imperiled species and enable biased listing decisions based on unreliable economic analyses rather than on scientific data. Incorrectly skewed at all angles, it is a shame to watch our country’s priorities shift to devalue wildlife on every level.

It is up to those of us who value wildlife to take a stand for conservation and to oppose all regulatory changes that will tie the hands of the ESA, making it next to impossible to prevent species from disappearing forever. I hope you’ll join me in taking a stand for the ESA and opposing all new changes that will in any way weaken the ESA.

Have something you’d like to say?

Email your letter to no later than 8 a.m. on Monday morning. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or information written by the writers.
Limit your letters to 350 words or less. Please send with your valid email, phone number and address for verification by staff. Your address and phone number will not be published.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Staff

comments (0)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>