The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been one of the major flash points in debates over government interference with property rights. With a species recovery rate of only two percent, the ESA has proven to be ineffective at protecting truly imperiled species and has unnecessarily hurt people’s livelihoods in the process. The listing of the Northern Spotted Owl under the ESA in June 1990 dramatized the enormous power of the Act to affect landowners, workers, industries, and regional economies in ways never intended by the statute's Congressional authors. We can protect endangered species without unduly burdening the American people, but to do so we need a stronger, more effective ESA.
Legislation introduced in the 114th Congress