Which “liberal Democrats” and “environmental whackos” (to quote some of the commenters on today’s story, “Highway may divide Garner to protect mussels”) gave us the Endangered Species Act?
The 1973 law was designed to protect threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems they depend on. It was enacted in a surge of environmentalism that swept mainstream politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many people had a hand in this deed – and a key figure was Republican President Richard Nixon.
In 1972, Nixon sent Congress a sweeping agenda for environmental legislation to address issues including toxic waste, air and water pollution, wetland and wilderness area protection, and endangered species ... [MORE]