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Sat Nov 28, 2020, 05:39 AM

Trump moves to relax rules on killing birds

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Source: Washington Post

JULIET EILPERIN AND SARAH KAPLAN
The Washington Post
NOV 27, 2020 11:21 PM

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration published an analysis Friday finding that its rule easing companies’ liability for killing birds would not cause significant environmental harm, clearing the way for it to finalize a major rollback before the president’s term ends on Jan. 20.

The administration, which is racing to lock in a series of regulatory changes before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, can now publish a final rule modifying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s interpretation of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act as soon as Dec. 28. For three years, officials at the Interior Department have sought to shield energy companies, construction firms, and land developers from prosecution if their operations “incidentally” kill birds, weakening protections under the law.

The new analysis suggests that all three alternatives — including codifying the administration’s narrower interpretation into law or returning to the historic definition that holds firms liable for accidental bird deaths — will “have incremental effects on current environmental conditions.” It identifies scaling back the rule as its “preferred alternative,” and says including accidental deaths “would be inconsistent with the Department’s current view of the law.”

The analysis suggests, however, that finalizing the rule would likely have “negative effects” on migratory birds because industry would have less of an incentive to adopt precautions to prevent birds from becoming ensnared in development projects.

Read more: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/11/28/Trump-moves-to-relax-rules-on-killing-birds/stories/202011290124

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 05:45 AM

1. 53 days

Tic tic tic.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 07:22 AM

2. Trump must be so angry with the country

He wants no stone left standing when he leaves.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 08:31 AM

3. Trump is the same guy who cries foul when birds die in Wind turbines.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 08:41 AM

4. Guide wires on a single USCG LORAN tower in a Tok, Alaska migratory flyway

would would kill the hi-speed endangered peregrine falcon, the slower flying Harrier hawk and Redtail hawk, migrating flocks of ducks, and songbirds almost too numerous to quantify.

After monitoring autumn migratory movements in the evening listening for the wing beats of ducks, in the morning we would catalogue dead bird counts under the antenna. I was sadly dismayed at the amount of damage done over the course of just a few weeks of survey by this single structure.

It has been difficult this past few decades to implement laws to eliminate these bird kills from structures like cooling towers, etc. Let’s not let Trump’s pseudo-science bullshit destroy all that early work to saves these critters.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 09:19 AM

5. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

Dupe. See the earlier post here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142637160

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