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Endangered Species Act Turns 40

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On December 28th, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. Environmentalists are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Act, which they say is a powerful and successful tool for preserving the nation's biodiversity. But critics say the law is costly, poorly administered and has resulted in the recovery of only a fraction of protected species.


Kim Delfino, California program director for Defenders of Wildlife

Peter Alagona, professor of environmental history at UC Santa Barbara and author of "After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California"

Damien Schiff, principal attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation