Do pretextual listings exist?

October 02, 2012 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Not too long ago, I posted on a recent study in the journal Science demonstrating that many species are listed on the Endangered Species Act not because of government-initiated action but rather because of a citizen petition.  I noted that, in my view, the study supported the existence of pretextual listings, i.e., those listings that … ...


Does "democracy" help the Endangered Species Act?

August 23, 2012 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

So concludes a new study to be published in the journal Science by Emory biology professor Berry Brosi and UC Berkeley law professor Eric Biber.  The gist of their analysis is that many species obtain ESA protection thanks to a citizen petition submitted under Section 4 of the Act.  Without the petitioning process, the authors … ...