10 Jul '11, 1pm

They founded our country - and now they're protecting endangered species. (via @OnEarthMag)

They founded our country - and now they're protecting endangered species. (via @OnEarthMag)

With July 4th on the mind, here’s a question to ponder as you hang your red-white-and-blue bunting on the porch: what do the founding fathers have to do with the Endangered Species Act, a bedrock environmental law passed two centuries after the Declaration of Independence was signed? If you’re running for your high school history book, here’s a hint: remember “checks and balances”? The founding fathers set up a system of three separate branches of government – judicial, executive, and legislative – each with checks and balances ensuring equal power among the branches. If one of the branches of government overreaches, the other branches can check its power. That’s how it was set up, and that’s how it still works. And what about the Endangered Species Act? If you’ve picked up a newspaper in the Northern Rockies during the past year, you’ve probably read an op-ed parroting th...

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