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Wed Sep 29, 2021, 12:57 PM

Biden officials finalize a rule making it harder to kill birds, reversing Trump

Source: Washington Post

The Biden administration finalized a rule Wednesday revoking a Trump administration policy that eased penalties for killing birds, restoring federal protections that had been in place for a century. The Trump administration’s reinterpretation of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act ranked as one of its most contentious wildlife policies. It relaxed legal penalties for energy companies, construction firms and land developers that unintentionally killed birds through activities such as construction and oil drilling.

The new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule would restore protections under the bedrock environmental law, which prohibits the “take” of migratory bird species — regulatory-speak for hunting, killing, capturing, selling or otherwise hurting them. Trump officials had sought to exclude accidental deaths from the “take” definition, a move backed by the oil and gas industry. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said the new rule would protect more birds threatened by the dual crises of climate change and habitat loss. She noted that the Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct Wednesday, along with 22 other species that can no longer be found in the wild.

“The specifics for each of the species' demise vary, but the story arc is essentially the same: Humans altered their habitat in a significant way, and we couldn't or didn't do enough to ultimately change the trajectory before it was too late,” Haaland told reporters on a call Wednesday. “But this moment, as sobering as it is, can serve as a wake-up call. Our children and grandchildren will not know the Earth as we do unless we change the status quo,” said Haaland, who is on a trip to California and visited the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday.

The Biden administration will step up enforcement to ensure companies and individuals take precautions to avoid bird deaths in the future, officials said, and will develop a new policy after taking public comment. Mallori Miller, vice president of government relations at the Independent Petroleum Association of America, which represents small and midsize oil and gas companies, said the group was “disappointed” with the Biden administration's move to reverse the Trump policy.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/29/migratory-bird-treaty-act-biden/



These are the types of things that are going on "behind the scenes" where Congress can generally pass resolutions that dissolve Rules changes, and then replacements can be put in place through the usual Federal Register process if needed.

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Reply Biden officials finalize a rule making it harder to kill birds, reversing Trump (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Sep 2021 OP
Eliot Rosewater Sep 2021 #1
BumRushDaShow Sep 2021 #2
Eliot Rosewater Sep 2021 #3
BumRushDaShow Sep 2021 #7
ck4829 Sep 2021 #4
bucolic_frolic Sep 2021 #8
Bristlecone Sep 2021 #11
StarryNite Sep 2021 #5
bucolic_frolic Sep 2021 #6
RobertDevereaux Sep 2021 #9
flamingdem Sep 2021 #10
SheltieLover Sep 2021 #12
madville Sep 2021 #13

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:03 PM

1. Now if he could reverse the EO where it is legal now to

kill Women in back alleys (stay tuned, Roe is about to be overturned)...

prevent millions of people from voting based on skin color and party affiliation...

lie about everything and never be held accountable...

etc...

It is like we live in two different worlds.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:13 PM

2. Well if Roe v Wade were just an E.O. it would have been gone by now

Congress has never passed a law to address this issue and the House just passed their first cut of one - H.R.3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021

Now if that pesky filibuster wasn't there in the Senate, then it could become the law of the land (assuming no Democrats in the Senate object, and when it comes to the issue of abortions, you do run into "bipartisan" objections at times - it happened with the ACA).

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:23 PM

3. Yeah I know, I was just ranting at how fucked everything is.

Having Kavanaugh and ACB on the court is disgusting.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:49 PM

7. I know...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:28 PM

4. Weird that this was a thing to begin with, Trump being concerned about wind turbines and all

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:51 PM

8. I don't think he was concerned about wind turbines at all, that was to blame green energy

for bird kills so the public would look there, meanwhile he was relaxing rules for oil and gas and mining so they could kill birds with impunity because it was cheaper for their businesses. Never take a word Trump says at face value. It's all manipulation, conniving, lying, abuse, and control. Always! imho

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 02:41 PM

11. Classic TFG projection. You're right

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:30 PM

5. Excellent news!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:48 PM

6. And TFG was out there hokin' it for the cameras about how concerned he was about windmills

that were hurting birds. It was the same old projection. What a lying snake.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:54 PM

9. Great! Reverse or outright cancel every damned thing he did.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 01:56 PM

10. Hooray for Biden and the birds

Makes me happy

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 03:25 PM

12. I hope he also protects wolves!!!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Sep 29, 2021, 03:56 PM

13. Are birds killed by windmills exempt from these regulations?

I would hope so, wouldn’t want it to deter companies from expanding that renewable energy source.

An electric company cut down 500 acres of trees/forest a few years ago about 10 miles from me to put in a solar panel farm. I guess they probably don’t have to worry about the birds so much though since they cut down all the trees. It got them some kind of credits or offsets, hated to see all those trees go though, solar panels aren’t as nice to look at.

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