Species Act Pits Property Rights against Nature
Brad Knickerbocker, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
THE political battle over the Endangered Species Act reaches far beyond the wisdom or cost of saving this or that plant or animal.
It involves deep philosophical questions of mankind's place in nature and the rights of a free society - the responsibilities that come with the power to exploit natural resources and the freedom to use private property for economic gain with as little government interference as possible. It features a power struggle over what is arguably the strongest legislative armament in the environmental movement's arsenal. And it illustrates a growing gap between rural and urban America.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA), signed into law in 1973 …
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Publication information: Article title: Species Act Pits Property Rights against Nature. Contributors: Brad Knickerbocker, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: December 27, 1991. Page number: 8. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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