The Bush Administration is in the process of changing The Endangered Species Act. They would allow government agencies to decide for themselves if their projects will harm endangered animals or plants, and would not require congressional approval.
The new regulations would no longer require mandatory independent reviews from government scientists. And stop federal agencies from determining the emissions from projects that add to global warming and how it affects other species and environments.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., says the proposals are illegal and "This proposed regulation is another in a continuing stream of proposals to repeal our landmark environmental laws through the back door."