ESA decisions reversed due to "inappropriate influence"

Good news today regarding the Endangered Species Act: US Reverses Endangered Species Rulings.

Apparently a Bush appointee by the name of Julie MacDonald exerted political pressure on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny increase protection to a number of endangered species. According to the article,

MacDonald resigned in May after the Interior Department’s inspector general rebuked her for pressuring wildfire agency scientists to alter their findings about endangered species and leaking information about species decisions to industry officials. The [inspector general] found that she had broken federal rules by those actions.

Some days you actually do win one….

Thanks to Pecaut for forwarding this one on.

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