President Obama is focused on climate change and what it could mean for the future of Planet Earth. What about trade-offs that have to be made right now? A case in point is the Mexican gray wolf. In 1998, the Clinton Administration began a recovery program on 4 million acres of mostly public land in New Mexico and Arizona. The goal was to have 100 animals living in the wild by 2006. Today, there are only about 50, a dismal failure. Environmentalists blamed Texan George Bush for siding with cattle ranchers rather than wolves. Will the President from Chicago be any different? When development clashes with conservation, how is the new administration likely to manage millions of acres of federal land?
Will the Mexican Wolf Survive the Obama Administration?
Julie Cart - Los Angeles Times - @julie_cart, Michael Robinson - Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity, Caren Cowan - Executive Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, Ray Ring - Senior Editor, High Country News