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Can Congress Regulate Intrastate Endangered Species Under The Commerce Clause?, Bradford Mank Jan 2004

Can Congress Regulate Intrastate Endangered Species Under The Commerce Clause?, Bradford Mank

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In Spring 2003, both the 5th Circuit and the D.C. Circuit agreed that Congress has the authority under the Commerce Clause to protect intrastate endangered species on private lands under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but used completely opposite reasoning to reach the same result. The 5th Circuit in GDF Realty v. Norton rejected the government's argument that the economic impact of the commercial development regulated under the statute was the appropriate focus for whether the statute has a substantial effect on interstate commerce. Instead, the 5th Circuit concluded that intrastate spiders and beetles, which have no economic ...