Barack Obama overturns Bush decision on Endangered Species Act
Barack Obama has decided that the decision George Bush made on the Endangered Species Act was not good enough, and he has restored protections for endangered species today - which was one of the last minute rule changes from the Bush administration.
Obama said that 'we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it'.
When Bush made the changes, he effectively put the clock back 35 years on the Act, as each government agency was left to decide whether any new project posed a threat to endangered species or their habitat, and they didn't have to answer to the government about any decision.
However, yesterday Obama said that the economy could continue to get stronger without impacting endangered species:
"Throughout our history, there's been a tension between those who've sought to conserve our natural resources for the benefit of future generations, and those who have sought to profit from these resources," he said. "This is a false choice. With smart, sustainable policies, we can grow our economy today and preserve the environment."