By David Blackmon in Forbes 7/31/2014
The U.S. House of Representatives should be applauded this week for passage of HR 4315, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act. As its title indicates, the bill is designed to require public transparency and real-time information related to proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The reforms proposed in the bill would become the first changes to this archaic and much-abused federal statute in 26 long years, during which time radical groups like the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians have made the law into a cottage industry for lawsuit abuse. (We detailed this so-called “sue and settle” racket here last year.)
Sadly, the bill has no chance of ultimately becoming law this year. It is doubtful that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow it to be brought up in the Senate, and even if it were to somehow be passed by that paralyzed body, the White House has already pledged to veto it at the behest of its radical support groups.
And that’s too bad, since the reforms proposed...