Monday, February 22, 2010

Environmentalists not happy with Obama's record on adding species to endangered list

While President Obama has received praise from environmentalists for many of his initiatives, some have taken issue with his record on endangered species. The administration added just two new species to the federal endangered list in 2009, fewest of any president in his first year since Ronald Reagan in 1981. "We're coming off eight years of the Bush administration where they actively worked to cripple endangered-species programs," biologist Noah Greenwald, endangered-species program director for the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, told Paul Rogers of The Mercury News in San Jose. "We would have liked to have seen a strong effort by the Obama administration. But we just haven't seen it." (Read more)

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