Trump Administration Delays Listing Bumble Bee as Endangered

We’ve written before about the thuggish nature of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The USFWS is responsible for recommending and listing varies species as threatened or endangered–empowered to do so under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). USFWS has WAY too much power under dictatorial rulers like the ignominious B.H. Obama. On September 22, 2016 the USFWS published a proposed rule to list the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as “endangered” under the ESA. The rusty patched bumble bee is found in the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. If it gets listed, it will have SIGNIFICANT impacts on drillers and midstreamers (see “Endangered” Bumble Bee May Slow/Stop O&G Projects in Northeast). With just a few days left in Obama’s reign of terror, the USFWS pulled the trigger and did it (see USFWS Pulls the Trigger and Lists Bumble Bee as Endangered). Except happily, that’s not the end of the story. The white knight rode into town (D.J. Trump) and with the stroke of his pen, delayed implementation of the onerous new listing. Which has antis, like the Rockefeller-backed Natural Resources Defense Council, up in arms. They’ve just sued…

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