March 20, 2014 By Stephen Moore
For four years now, radical environmental
groups have teamed with the Obama administration’s Interior Department and
hijacked the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to bottle up development in many
areas out West. The big villain that the Left is trying to thwart, of course,
is the oil-and-gas industry. The ESA is blocking drilling operations in many
prime energy-rich locations.
But now this scam may come to an end. On Monday
Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, filed what could be a landmark
lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), arguing that the
so-called “sue and settle” procedure for listing animals on the endangered list
is a violation of the federal ESA statute. In the complaint, filed on behalf of
the State of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt charges that “by entering into private
settlements with special interest litigants, FWS has attempted to circumvent
the legislative and regulatory process and make fundamental changes to its
Under sue and settle, left-wing
environmental groups......petition FWS to list a species as nearing extinction, and
then shortly thereafter — sometimes in a matter of days — sue the federal
government for inaction........
Many small towns west of the Mississippi could be
economically wiped out by the ESA. That’s why Mr. Pruitt’s suit is so
important. If he loses in court, and if the prairie chicken is listed as
threatened, the real endangered species will be Americans with good-paying
jobs. The scary thing is that might just be the point......To Read More......
My Take - This is a good first step, but the real solution is to repeal the ESA and start over again. One of the things we need to understand is that when this was first proposed
and voted on by the Congress there was little discussion and few negative
attitudes about ESA. Most had 'romantic' species such as elk, buffalo and the
bald eagle in mind. However the stories about the deliberate decimation of the
buffalo and the passenger pigeon were clearly on their minds and they wanted to
stop people from deliberately destroying species. They never had a clue what was
really behind the ESA. The greenies did.
Please review my articles, ESA
Outrages, Part 1, ESA
Outrages, Part 2 and ESA
Outrages, Part 3.
As for now the ESA is nothing short of a land grab by the federal govenment at the behest of irrational, misanthropic and morally defective nature worshippers in the green movement. If this is to be fixed the ESA must be repealed and
they have to start over again. Amendments to this act and court judgements are like putting a coat of
paint on a rotten house and expecting it to be fixed. While I applaud this effort we must understand - even if the court finds in the state's favor the activists, in and out of government, will either ignore the courts, appeal the decision to death, or find some new 'reasoning' that allow them to continue down their insane path or get the president of issue an order in support of their actions. Repeal is he only answer.