If you're outraged about the Trump administration's weakening of how the Endangered Species Act is applied, take comfort in knowing that legal challenges are coming that should clarify to what extent the federal government can minimize protection of rare plants and animals.

Nobody should be surprised that the administration has gone this route. President Donald Trump ran on a platform of deregulation and has already targeted protections for water, air and public lands. As the saying goes, elections have consequences and Trump is only doing what he said he'd do.

But it's timely to point out that in Colorado, the governor is facing the prospect of a recall for fulfilling a campaign agenda full of progressive positions. He's been targeted for signing the National Popular Vote bill, the "red flag" gun law and for authorizing an overhaul of oil and gas regulations. Polis is the governor he indicated he'd be if elected. Trump supporters in Colorado who are cheering the administration's rewrite of U.S. environmental laws should take a moment to appreciate that Polis and Trump are basically doing the same thing at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Logic dictates consistency in how those executive machinations are received.

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