Congressman Richard Pombo says the act has failed to save species and is causing too many conflicts with property owners. He says several aspects of the act must change including scientific measurements of endangered wildlife.
“We want to reform that so that the science that is used is at a higher level and we have more confidence in the decisions that are being made.”
The San Joaquin Valley Republican is chairman of the House Resources Committee. He spoke with Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza about his measure in Sacramento.
The 1973 Endangered Species Act was created to protect endangered plants and animals and their habitats. The Defenders of Wildlife says changing the science requirements will only limit the type of science that can be used for recovery, and subsequently hamper the chances for survival of certain species.