3. ENDANGERED SPECIES WILL ACTUALLY QUALIFY FOR THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Two species of prairie dogs, both rapidly disappearing and virtually devoid of livable habitat, have been denied access to the Endangered Species List — primarily, it seems, because leaving a patch of land where they can live would inconvenience oil and gas developers, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Bush administration added fewer species to the list than has any previous administration since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973 — some groups claim that 280 deserving species have been denied protection. Just in the past two years, the administration has stepped up efforts to change the definitions and interpretations of the ESA to make it even harder to help the most vulnerable forms of life.

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