By Gabriella Hoffman Green zealots use the Endangered Species Act to block development of private property. The case of a little toad has set them back and enhanced property rights for everyone.
"The lawsuit aimed to criminalize a wide range of ordinary and innocent acts simply because the person who committed them was unlucky enough to be near a threatened or endangered species.”
Officials have unveiled a package of reforms crafted to make the 45-year-old statute better serve both the species it is supposed to recover and landowners caught up in the law’s cumbersome regulations. Read CFACT's official comment.
Reforming the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act statute seeks to better serve both the species it is supposed to recover and landowners caught up in the law’s cumbersome regulations.
“Even if a species should never have been listed, while it is listed, landowners or businesses whose actions might unintentionally harm a member are potentially subject to the ESA’s fines and penalties."
Will the proposed Mazda-Toyota automobile plant in Limestone County, Alabama spell the end of the spring pygmy sunfish? Will the spring pygmy sunfish spell the end of the auto plant? Can't we have both?
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen warns that a pending Supreme Court case could leave property owners at the mercy of federal bureaucrats who would have absolute authority to order them to renovate their property to welcome endangered species -- at their own expense, even if the species was not native to the property.
The Pacific walrus will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Wednesday, leaving intact a necessary food source for some Alaskan communities.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's designation of the the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered has already set in motion a rash of legal actions to block individual projects and stop all development in large swaths of land.
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports on the final assault by the Obama Administration against Western States -- and a new war being declared against much of the rest of the country -- all to "save" three species of bumblebee but really intended to place much of the rest of private and state land in the U.S. under very restrictive federal government control. The best way to stop this assault on human freedom is to repeal, or drastically modify, the Endangered Species Act.
Predictions that global warming would wipe out polar bears are based on “scientifically unsound” computer models, according to a new study by a veteran zoologist at the University of Victoria.
The Interior Department has been quietly writing new rules and regulations under the Endangered Species Act that will hand broad new powers to federal bureaucrats.
The Center for Biological Diversity -- an offshoot of the violent radical group Earth First!, -- has been systematically using the Endangered Species Act to shut down jobs in the timber, mining, and other industries that once were major job suppliers in Western States. Worse, federal judges have been going along with this unwarranted taking of property and income for decades. It is time that this stops.
A ground-dwelling bird, no larger than a chicken and best known for its males’ exotic mating rituals, is at the center of the most comprehensive land-use plan ever imposed by the federal government.
First, it was the spotted owl -- a horrific decision that destroyed jobs forever despite faulty science. Then, the land grabbers at the USGS and the FWS determined that the "Gunnison sage-grouse" is a different species (not just a variety, as is the scientific reality) from the "greater sage-grouse," and so took more land out of production. Now these servants of the state (not the people) want to list the "greater sage-grouse" -- yet another taking that is facing real opposition. The Endangered Species Act as written and executed is bad law that uses bad science -- and does not adequately protect the species it claims to favor.