Emotions run hot on both sides of the argument. The central argument of the issue pits landowners, and businesses against environmentalist groups. Both have valid points and concerns. However, we are all a part of the ecosystem and the only species that can make a conscious effort that will have an impact on the future development of species on planet earth.
There is sufficient evidence to support the opinion that the ESA has made an impact on the preservation of many species. Yet, legislators continue to bend to the wishes of big business lobbyists. Even as this research is being written, an issue stands in the balance that will have a dramatic impact on interpretation and enforcement of the ESA. If President Bush succeeds in getting the new amendments to the Act passed, corporations will have many loopholes to exploit, and they will do so to the endangerment of listed species, or those that will be listed in the future.
The most valuable resource found during this investigation was Taylor, Suckling, & Rachlinski (2005), regarding the effectiveness of the ESA. This article demonstrates the need to continue to uphold the ESA so that it can continue to be an effective tool in the preservation of species diversity. The next several months will undoubtedly be exciting, as the success or failure of the Bush proposal becomes known. Whether these new proposals pass or fail, the impact will be far-reaching and will affect the future of the ESA and the species that it is intended to protect..