Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Farm Bureau on sage grouse: ignorance is strength

George Orwell writes endangered species law:
The Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act has been introduced in the U.S. House. It would prohibit the federal government from listing sage grouse under the Endangered Species [Act]. That’s as long as states prepare and carryout [sic] plans to protect the species within its borders. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says the measure makes sense because it leaves it up to state's [sic] to control the problem. [WNAX Radio]
Like wipin' yer ass with a hula hoop: it's endless. Imagine South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks solving anything.

'The problem' is the Anthropocene, not a native species.


Bob Berwyn writes at the Summit County Voice:
The new sage grouse bill is co-sponsored by Colorado’s own Cory Gardner, who used the same old tired language: “A one-size-fits-all approach is not the way to best protect the Sage grouse,” Gardner said, going on the claim that state-based conservation plans are the way to go, yet failed to cite a single example of a state effectively conserving an endangered species. Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi even claimed that his state has “worked tirelessly” to protect sage grouse, a laughable statement in a place where they can’t dig more coal trenches fast enough, and where fossil fuel exploitation has poisoned the drinking water of small towns. [Berwyn, Opinion: No GOP love for sage grouse]
“The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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