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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.
June 2014 edition: Local privatization, federal privatization, criminal justice, bag bans, pension reform, and more
June 2014 edition: Local privatization, federal privatization, criminal justice, bag bans, pension reform, and moreJune 26, 2014
In this issue:
- LOCAL GOV: What's New in Local Government Privatization
- FEDERAL GOV: Reviewing the Past Year in Federal Privatization
- PRISONS: The Latest in Criminal Justice, Private Corrections
- PENSIONS: Rebutting Pension Reform Critics
- REGULATION: Grocery Bag Bans—Are They Green?
- PRIVATIZATION: Is Privatization a “Race to the Bottom?”
- News & Notes
- Quotable Quotes
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?
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- Privatization & Government Reform Newsletter #8 (6/26)
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Vice President, Policy
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Director, Endangered Species Project
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