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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just announced a proposed new policy that appears to make the Endangered Species Act more landowner-friendly. In reality, the policy, like other so-called landowner-friendly policies that preceded it, does little of substance to lessen the regulatory burden on landowners because it leaves untouched the Act's draconian penalties ($100,000 fine and/or 1 year in jail for harming a single species or even its habitat).
In an interesting twist, the Endangered Species Act may prevent the U.S. government from subsidizing the construction of an iron ore mine in Australia. A legal challenge by several environmental pressure groups to funding provided by the U.S. Export-Import Bank for the Roy Hill mine project in Western Australia, reportedly may “threaten to derail one of Western Australia's most promising financing deals.”
Massive penalties turn imperiled species into unwanted financial liabiltiesJuly 11, 2014
The apparent sighting of a single ocean-going steelhead trout in the recently restored Malibu Lagoon is a rare, but welcome, piece of good news for the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, the steelhead trout's potentially positive outlook in Malibu is the exception, rather than the rule.
Landowners are key to the bird's fateJune 24, 2014
The recent controversial listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas will have a significant economic impact on the oil, gas, and agriculture industries, and has already prompted contentious court battles. Lost in all this controversy, however, is a more basic question: will the Endangered Species Act actually be good for the prairie chicken?
Why the federal government is reluctant to delist species that are no longer endangeredJune 20, 2014
Hidden to most Americans is a larger agenda of Fish & Wildlife Service, which is to exploit the Endangered Species Act as a powerful tool to control otherwise normal and legal forms of land and resource use—such as farming, home building and logging—across vast swaths of the U.S.
Conservation efforts abound depsite grouse not being listed as an endangered speciesJune 18, 2014
A recent guest commentary on the sage grouse is quite misleading, including the claim that after the 2005 decision by the federal government not to list the grouse, conservation efforts “all but ceased.” In reality, both prior to and after 2005, states devoted significant resources to studying and conserving the sage grouse, including innovative, results-oriented conservation initiatives.
The Endangered Species Act's draconian penalties often harm conservation effortsJune 17, 2014
The federal government could put more than 300 species on the endangered list by 2018, including over 130 species in Alabama — more than in any other state. Since nearly all these species are aquatic, entire watersheds across the state, not just limited land parcels, may be affected by costly and burdensome regulations that could damage the economy and actually hurt conservation efforts.
Lawsuit victory would mean business as usual under the Endangered Species ActApril 11, 2014
The lesser prairie chicken, which was listed under the Endangered Species Act two weeks ago, just got some more bad news. On Thursday, three environmental pressure groups—Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Wild Earth Guardians—filed an intent to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over a conservation plan for the bird the agency approved at the time of listing. Ironically, while these groups claim the lawsuit will help the prairie chicken, a win will actually be detrimental to the species by discouraging landowners from conserving it. With almost all of the prairie chicken’s habitat in private hands, landowners are the key to the bird’s conservation.
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