Whats Wrong With The Endagered Species ActPaper Rating: Word Count: 1169 Approx Pages: 5
Over the past 25 has years the Endangered Species Act has been critical tool to protect species? It has played a major role in slowing the rate of extinction, but has not been effective in ensuing the recovery of listed species. Of the roughly 1300 listed only 23 have been "delisted or removed from the species list since 1973: 7 due to extinction 12 due to "data error (should not have been listed in the first place), and the remaining species benefiting from other activities such as the banning of DDT.
The Endangered Species Act, which was passed in 1973, is enormously powerful. In other laws federal agencies are required to provide protection to species where practicable, But the Endangered Species Act elevated protection of all species to one the U.S. government's highest priorities. This protection is absolute. No equivocation. "The Act is widely regarded by its proponents as one of this country's most important and powerful environmental laws and an international model. (Stroup 2)
How can such a powerful tool have such inadequate results? The answer is that the Endangered Species Act ignores the fundamental economic problem of scarcity. Resources for saving species are in