Courts to decide grizzly's status after talks flop - Wyoming
Federal biologists say the population has recovered from near extermination over the last several decades and can stand on its own.The Columbus Dispatch : Looking closely at the climate bill
But environmentalists argue grizzly food sources such as seeds from whitebark pine trees are diminishing because of global warming. They say the species remains at risk -- and that only under the Endangered Species Act will it receive the urgent measures needed to protect its habitat.
While the lawsuits drag on, the number of bears being killed in the wild has continued to rise in correlation with its population.
Because the Senate is nowhere near approving its own version of the bill, these regulations may never become law. But as details of the House bill emerge, they have provoked intense criticism from conservative Republicans and business organizations.
"That bill is so bad, it's really pathetic," said Bill Kovacs, a chamber lobbyist. "I'm not sure what they thought they were accomplishing by focusing the power of the federal government on the tiniest details of life versus creating a clear path for replacing fossil fuels with cleaner technologies."