The Endangered Species Act: Who’s Saving What?
By Randy T Simmons
This article appeared in the Winter 1999 issue of The Independent Review


Proponents of the Endangered Species Act claim it saves species but offer little evidence beyond the number of threatened or endangered species listed each year, as if listing instead of delisting were the real purpose of the law. In reality, the protection of species at risk has been hampered by the ESA’s perverse incentives and lack of prioritization.

Other Independent Review articles by Randy T Simmons
    Fall 2015   Tapping Water Markets
    Winter 2011   Bootleggers, Baptists, and Political Entrepreneurs: Key Players in the Rational Game and Morality Play of Regulatory Politics
    Spring 1999   Fixing the Endangered Species Act

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