Republican on endangered species: Just let nature take care of itself

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 18:10 EDT
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Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) suggested that the government should take no action to protect endangered species from extinction at a House hearing on Tuesday

During the hearing, University of Central Florida biology professor Reed Noss informed the House Natural Resources Committee that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service lacked the funding to adequately protect animals on the endangered species list. The federal agency is tasked with “recovering” animals by increasing their numbers.

“Could the answer just be that nature takes care of itself, that maybe we don’t know more than nature does?” Labrador responded.

“Your answer is to come from up top, telling nature what it needs to do and telling humans what they need to do, as opposed to realizing, as Mr. Costa just asked, that some species are going to go and some species are going to stay, and that’s just the regular evolutionary process,” he continued. “And you don’t know more than everybody else.”

Noss replied that nature had been “overwhelmed” by human activity.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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