Sunday, July 8, 2012

ESA Today

By Rich Kozlovich

The Northern Spotted Owl was listed as a
threatened species under the Endangered
Species Act on June 23, 1990. Logging
in national forests containing the Northern
 Spotted Owlwas stopped by court order in
Photo by John and
Karen Hollingsworth / USFWS
Something that I have been wanting to do for some time is highlight just how invasive the Endangered Species Act really is. Every day I get an alert dealing with the latest infringement on people's rights by those who think that people are no more important than worms. The Endangered Species Act was voted in by Congress without hardly any comment. The Congress had the 'romantic' species in mind, such as buffalo, elk, bear, etc., and never in a million years dreamed ESA would be used as it is today. The ESA gave standing to the general public for the first time and the greenies have use it to stop advancements in every industry in the nation. That doesn’t even mention the cost of meeting all the requirements ESA imposes even before a shovel of dirt is turned on new construction; the Keystone XL pipeline is a perfect example of how flawed this law is. This issue is over a beetle.  This is insane.

At any rate, I hope to be able to keep this updated on a weekly basis, and as the season slows I will attempt to do this daily.

In the meanwhile, I invite everyone to get some historical background on this and some of the outrages ESA has caused. By the turns out that the Northern Spotted Owl didn't really need those old growth forests and they were disappearing because another bigger and tougher owl called the barred owl, which was eating them.  In short....their presumed departure from the environment was "all natural".  The claim was that Nothern Spotted Owls needed a certain type of habitat in old growth forests or they would disappear.  The fact of the matter is that this was another greenie lie and it cost thousands of jobs. 

Please visit my posts: ESA Outrages, Part I - ESA Outrages, Part II and
ESA Outrages, Part III.  Enjoy!

The primary law protecting endangered species and critical habitats in the United States is the Endangered Species Act of 1973. It was passed by Congress on December 28, 1973 in recognition of wildlife and plant species' inherent "esthetic, ecological, educational, recreational, and scientific value to our Nation and its people." In short, the goal of the ESA is to ensure the protection of endangered and threatened species…. Approximately 1,134 animals and plants in the United States are listed under the ESA. As of June 5, 2012, there were 1,077 endangered and 317 threatened species. The ESA also protects about 600 foreign species, in accordance with a 2010 amendment encouraging international cooperation with conservation standards established by the ESA.

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