The Endangered Species Act Debate

Brief Analyses | Energy and Natural Resources

No. 166
Thursday, July 06, 1995

The political situation has changed since the ESA was first passed. As was true more than 20 years ago, the debate is being driven by a nationwide grassroots movement. However, this time the coalition is composed of small property owners and property rights advocates rather than animal rights groups or public land advocates. With the new Republican majority in Congress, they have found a receptive audience.

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