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Tue Jan 5, 2021, 02:58 PM

Trump Administration, in Parting Gift to Industry, Reverses Bird Protections

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gutted protections for migratory birds on Tuesday, delivering a parting gift to the oil and gas industry, which has long sought to be shielded from liability for killing birds unintentionally in oil spills, toxic waste ponds and other environmental disasters.

The final rule comes less than a month before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes office. While Mr. Biden has not explicitly pledged to repeal the measure, his choice for interior secretary, Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico, is widely expected to do so.

Repealing the measure won’t be a simple or quick process, however. Conservationists and oil industry executives alike said that was what the Trump administration intended when issuing the new regulation over the objections of many scientists, who have asserted in public comments on the regulation that it would lead to many more bird deaths.

“This rule simply reaffirms the original meaning and intent of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by making it clear that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not prosecute landowners, industry and other individuals for accidentally killing a migratory bird,” David Bernhardt, the Interior secretary, said in a statement.

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By Lisa Friedman
Jan. 5, 2021
Updated 1:38 p.m. ET


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/05/climate/trump-migratory-bird-protections.html



Source: Associated Press

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

By MATTHEW BROWN
an hour ago

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.

Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds that land in oil pits or collide with power lines or other structures.

A U.S. District Court judge in August had blocked the administration’s prior attempt to change how the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is enforced.

But urged on by industry groups, the Trump administration has remained adamant that the act has been wielded inappropriately for decades, to penalize companies and other entities that kill birds accidentally.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-wildlife-crime-courts-billings-afa9a97774885e1fbb6cb2e75045ba7a

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 02:59 PM

1. I've totally run out of negative adjectives to describe that monster.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 03:10 PM

2. Today is national bird day

I'm sure it's coincidental that today, Jan 5th is national bird day

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Response to Applan (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 07:13 PM

4. The Audubon Society also noticed this.

Trump to Birds: Drop Dead (Audubon Society)

With two weeks left in office, on National Bird Day, the Trump administration—defying opposition from the general public, scientists, tribal governments, international treaty partners, and a federal judge who last summer all but laughed its legal arguments out of court—today announced it has finalized a rule allowing companies and individuals to kill migratory birds as long as they didn’t mean to.


https://www.audubon.org/news/trump-birds-drop-dead

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 03:14 PM

3. He doesn't need to keep proving to us that he is a complete and total bastard,

We've figured that out already.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 07:39 PM

5. Ahuck...


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 07:44 PM

6. This isn't just about birds. Toxic water eventually makes it into human water supply.

Clean water + Clean air = fundamental platform for good human health.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 08:25 PM

7. There's no bottom...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 09:17 PM

8. How many times did 45 lie about how many birds were killed by wind turbines

only to make it completely legal...

Every single thing he does is disingenuous and spiteful.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 10:06 PM

9. He went on about that for ages, trying to pretend he hated to see how many birds they killed. n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2021, 11:40 PM

10. He said he objected to windmills because they kill so many birds!

Though windmills don't kill as many birds as glass and steel high-rise buildings like TRUMP TOWER.

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