Bush to relax protected species rules
Plan takes scientists out of decision making on species status
The stated fear is that we need to cripple the ESA so that it can't be invoked to force the government to protect species (most notably, the polar bear) from the effects of climate change. The more general idea is that projects would move a lot faster if you removed those methodical scientists and just let the politicos make the decisions. Which is exactly why it's such a bad move.
The Interior Department said such consultations are no longer necessary because federal agencies have developed expertise to review their own construction and development projects, according to the 30-page draft.
Apparently, closing down libraries and dispersing the collections so they can't be reconstituted develops the type of expertise the Bush Administration admires.