The Trump Administration has just moved bigly on the bumble bee, and perhaps in the nick of time.
The Trump Administration has just taken some decisive action; in this case, on the bumble bee. Specifically, the rusty patched bumble bee, one of the most important pollinators in the United States and now on the endangered species list, much to the alarm of environmental activists and the farming industry alike.
It’s the first of any bee species to earn this dubious distinction in the United States. The Natural Resources Defense Council issued a statement Tuesday stating that the Trump administration had reversed course on the bee. The NRDC argues that federal protections may be the only thing to prevent the bee from going extinct, which would have a devastating impact on the environment.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service actually listed the bee as endangered back in January due to huge population declines, but a sweeping order by President Trump blocked new regulations for at least 60 days. The NRDC had sued the Trump administration for failing to give proper public notice of the delay.
“The Trump administration reversed course and listed the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species just in the nick of time. Federal protections may be the only thing standing between the bumble bee and extinction,” said Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).