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Polar bears had a good day.  President Obama announced today an override of a Bush Administration regulation to the Endangered Species Act.  The rule,  announced  just weeks before Bush left office, made it easier for federal agencies to launch projects that could affect endangered species without consulting with government scientists.  Obama said, the overturning of the regulation will restore “the scientific process to its rightful place at the heart of the Endangered Species Act, a process undermined by past administrations.”

“The work of scientists and experts in my administration, including right here in the Interior Department, will be respected…”For more than three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation’s most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.”

Environmental groups have praised Obama’s actions and so have I.

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