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Enacted in 1973 to protect animal and plant species at risk of extinction, many
believe the Endangered Species Act has devolved into a litigation tool used to stop
not only oil and gas, but agricultural and other industrial development around the
country. Do you believe the ESA is functioning today as originally intended? What
reforms, if any, would you propose as president?
Trump: America is blessed with abundant natural
resources and beautiful wildlife. Our nation has a proud
tradition of conservation and stewardship. Regrettably,
as implemented by bureaucrats in Washington, the Endangered Species Act has a poor track record of actually
helping to recover animals at risk of extinction.
In truth, the ESA has become a tool to block economic development, deny property rights to American
landowners, and enrich activist groups and lawyers
through "sue-and-settle" sweetheart deals. Instead of
saving endangered species, the Obama-Clinton bureaucrats are endangering American workers with
disastrous choices made at the whim of extreme
activist groups.
As president, I will direct the Department of
Interior and Commerce Department to conduct a topdown review of all Obama administration settlements,
rules, and executive actions under the Endangered
Species Act and similar laws, and we will change or
rescind any of those actions that are unlawful, bad
for American workers, or not in the national interest.
I also will work closely with Congress to improve
and modernize the Endangered Species Act-a law
that is now more than 30 years old-so that it is more
transparent, uses the best science, incentivizes species
conservation, protects private property rights, and no
longer imposes needless and unwarranted costs on
American landowners.

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Clinton: I believe we should be doing more to slow
and reverse the decline of at-risk wildlife species
before they reach the brink of extinction and need the
protection of the Endangered Species Act. To this end,
I will propose nearly doubling the State and Tribal
Wildlife Grants program to $100 million a year. This
type of support for the voluntary conservation of atrisk wildlife can help reduce the need for species to
receive the protections of the Endangered Species Act.
For wildlife that are listed as threatened or endangered, I will direct federal agencies to take full advantage of the flexible tools available under the Endangered Species Act that respect and accommodate
landowner interests, including safe harbor agreements,
habitat conservation agreements, and other forms of
voluntary conservation agreements.



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