“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.”
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.