Environmentalists are in a lather over White House executive orders they claim will lead to the extinction of the #Endangered rusty patched #bumblebee.
One is an executive order (EO) halting any new rule making by any agency for two months “until a department or agency head… reviews and approves the regulation.” Just like Obama did when he took office in 2009.
Donald Trump also signed an EO called the “one in, two out” rule, which requires eliminating two regulations for every new one that’s generated.
Any existing regulations or policies already rolled out wouldn’t be affected by the orders. Enviros are worried the bumblebee species Bombus affinis will face extinction under these EOs.
— Iain S Byrne (@iainbyrne) January 24, 2017
Rusty patched bumblebee
Shortly before President Obama left office, the once-abundant rusty patched bumblebee was added to the Endangered Species Act.
Since the mid-1990s, its population has dropped nearly 87 percent. Scientists blame the losses on a variety of factors, including pesticides (neonicotinoids), environment loss, and disease from parasitic fungus.
Now the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is adding another ‘extinction’ factor to the list: The Trump presidency.