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VITTER: Endangered Species Actís hidden costs
The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Sen. David Vitter

Posted on 02/08/2013 9:06:39 AM PST by jazusamo

Respect for private property at risk

At least you have to give President Obama high marks for creativity in his latest attempt to curtail freedom and individual rights. Specifically, I’m talking about Mr. Obama’s assault on private property rights through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act.

I strongly support protecting endangered species. No one I know wants to see a species go anywhere near extinction. The far-left environmentalists in the Obama administration, however, have gone way beyond this by settling litigation with their allies in environmental groups behind closed doors. Through these secret settlements, they are advancing a much more radical, aggressive agenda than anything that is actually mandated by law.

This is a tactic called “sue-and-settle,” and it has become a central tool used to advance the radical environmental agenda. This is how it works: Far-left environmental groups sue the federal government — in this case, under the Endangered Species Act — claiming that the government is not satisfying its regulatory obligations. Then the groups and their friends in the administration draft a settlement agreement completely behind closed doors. No other stakeholder or representative of the public is provided the opportunity to shed light on how they might be impacted. The parties then get the judge to bless their agreement. That’s usually easy, since he doesn’t get to hear any opposing arguments and is often eager to get rid of what would otherwise be a complicated, time-consuming case.

In 2011, the Obama U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did exactly this in concert with far-left environmental groups. That settlement teed up more than 250 species and their potential critical habitat for review and eventual onerous regulation. This future regulation could prohibit many beneficial uses of tens of millions of acres of private property. All this was set in motion while...

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1 posted on 02/08/2013 9:06:44 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler; Inyo-Mono; GladesGuru

ESA Ping!


2 posted on 02/08/2013 9:10:15 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
"I strongly support protecting endangered species. No one I know wants to see a species go anywhere near extinction."

Why? Species have been going extinct since the beginning of time and will continue to do so. It's part of the balance and cycle of nature. For those who believe in evolution it's an essential element of the process. For us who believe in God it's all a part of his control and management of his creation. Thus, why is this ESA so important?

3 posted on 02/08/2013 9:20:14 AM PST by circlecity
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To: jazusamo

Nothing new here.
Try mining coal on your own land and see how far you get.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 9:20:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: jazusamo

The issue is never really the issue.

Windmills kill thousands of Endangered eagles and such.

The left is ok with that.

If gas, oil, coal, logging, fishing , farming, ranching... kills a rat, then the UN Agenda 21 left freaks out.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 9:22:25 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: circlecity
Sadly, the ESA has become a tool for enviro-nazis to abuse private property rights and limit or completely halt economic and legitimate use of public lands. Those public lands belong to the people of our country, not the government.
6 posted on 02/08/2013 9:28:36 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

This BS makes me want to dump used motor oil in the storm drain.


7 posted on 02/08/2013 9:39:35 AM PST by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: jazusamo

Hidden costs my A**.
Non native coho salmon got half my trees from last year’s harvest.


8 posted on 02/08/2013 9:50:04 AM PST by sasquatch
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9 posted on 02/08/2013 10:36:38 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Can’t take this schmuck seriously. As soon as it became known he had broken the law and disgraced himself, he should have had stepped down from office.


10 posted on 02/09/2013 6:47:50 AM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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