Thursday, July 6, 2017

Western Governors meet


MONTANA-The Western Governors’ Association wants to change the Endangered Species Act.

The Governors want their states to have a bigger role deciding when animals should be listed and when they’re delisted.

Those recommendations were crafted into a resolution from the WGA’s annual summer meeting held in Whitefish, Montana.  Two western governors did not attend the meeting Democrats Jerry Brown of California and Jay Inslee of Washington and refused to sign on.

Republican Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming oversaw the resolution and praised the ESA for the protection it has provided species like the bald eagle and the grizzly bear. But he said that the 1973 legislation needs updated to fit the times.

Addressing fellow governors in Whitefish, Mead said he hopes to “send to Congress a plan that we think can do a better job” protecting endangered animals and “begin a process that will ultimately lead to improvement” of ESA.

But Brown, in a letter to Mead, said this is not the time to ask Congress for changes. “The “current climate in Congress is marked by chaos and partisanship,” Brown wrote, adding, “This climate will not result in good conservation policy.”

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