Court protects Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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Flickr Environmental groups in the US applaud court ruling against Trump’s attempt to undermine Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Trump administration’s rollback of vital environmental initiatives has been a trend since the beginning of his time in office. From reversing laws on automobile emissions and fuel standards to withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, it comes as no surprise that the administration also attempted to reinterpret a vital bird protection act. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was enacted in 1918 . A federal judge in New York ruled against the Trump administration’s reinterpretation of this act, citing that intent does not determine impact. Development If this reinterpretation became policy, it would have dire consequences for wildlife. For example, in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed over a million birds. If the Migratory Bird Treaty Act had not been in place, the oil company would have avoided $100 million in fines toward migratory bird conservation and other wetland protection programs. The opinion piece proposed by the Trump administration stated that the oil and gas industry was not responsible for the indirect effects of its actions on birds, as long as it was not purposefully attempting to harm them. The […]

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