September 30, 2005

House Votes To Reform Endangered Species Act
— Ace

Making it a little more friendly to humans:

Among other things, the bill would mandate the federal gummint to compensate private property owners whose development plans are blocked under that law to protect critters and creatures. The bill also removes certain protections for animals when land usages severely would be limited as a result thereof.

Posted by: Ace at 06:22 AM | Comments (14)
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1 Yeah lets stick it to the kids and the anmials.

What's the lesser spotted owl down for you lately?

Posted by: Darwin's Moustache at September 30, 2005 06:33 AM (vLNLO)

2 It's about time. Can't wait to hear the environmental whackos howl.

Posted by: at September 30, 2005 06:38 AM (52h84)

3 Ah, but will the senate pass it?


Posted by: This&That at September 30, 2005 07:00 AM (MSMPS)

4 It's a trick! They're going to declare that property owners are an endangered species!

Supreme Court's got their back on this one!

Posted by: Dave in Texas at September 30, 2005 07:12 AM (pzen5)

5 So if I buy some land, submit my plans for a pretend strip mall and scatter around a few bags of Bag-O- Darters how much money do I get?

I foresee a great demand for trained spotted owls.

Posted by: scott at September 30, 2005 07:35 AM (M7kiy)

6 Scott, considering that every acre of land probably has some unique bacteria or other microfauna on it, someone just might be able to get away with that stunt.

Posted by: rabidfox at September 30, 2005 07:48 AM (CAVPy)

7 This bill brings the law closer to the original bill passed by Congress in 1973.

It's the case law added by wacko left-wing judges that makes the current law so crazy.

Posted by: Jake at September 30, 2005 07:50 AM (r/5D/)

8 Frankly, the way the current Endangered Species Act works is if you find an endangered animal on your land, the best thing to do, economically, would be to snuff it before the Feds find out. Not a great way to preserve biodiversity.

Posted by: V the K at September 30, 2005 07:55 AM (1R6cr)

9 It appears that the Feds only step in if your property value drops by 50% or more, and if you file a claim you have to transfer the title over to them.

Posted by: scott at September 30, 2005 08:27 AM (M7kiy)

10 It's a trick! They're going to declare that property owners are an endangered species!

Property owners are an endangered species. There are numerous environmental organziations whose goal is to put as much land as possible in public trust to the point of extremism.

Worse, in California these trusts are allowed to raise property taxes in violation of Prop 13. They are multiagency fiefdoms. They control millions of acres of land and billion dollar budgets and alott themselves enough perks, but not too many, to make their lives comfortable. They spend their time jetting all over the world for land use conferences on your tax dollar. Then they retire on a gov. pension and start their new career as big bucks consultants.

Posted by: at September 30, 2005 09:14 AM (52h84)

11 Say good-bye to the boreal toad.

Posted by: digitalbrownshirt at September 30, 2005 10:33 AM (ipjUv)

12 With respect to section 7 of the ESA, Pombo’s revisions actually make it easier for eco-extremists to go into court and wreak havoc upon local economies. Link

Pombo’s revision also does away with the God Squad. Rather than invoke the God Squad and declare the Redfish Lake sockeye salmon extinct as of 1910, the federal government has so far spent ~$75 million dollars in an attempt that so far has yielded 3 adult fish returning to Redfish Lake. Link

Posted by: TerryH at September 30, 2005 10:37 AM (RLGT1)

13 I like toads - my back yard is full of them. Between the toads and lizards the bug population is kept in check.

I'll volunteer to adopt some of those african toads. If they can live among the banana, papaya, and avocado trees, they'll be all set.

Toads are really cool - they're kinda like outside pets that just hang around and eat bugs. The lawnmower is about the only thing that really freaks them out. Toads are the metaphorical prism through which the enlightened can view life.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 30, 2005 11:54 AM (X+OCl)

14 But on what basis are these being compensated?

I thought the government culd take what it wanted, per New London.

Posted by: Bithead at October 03, 2005 02:20 AM (aVAsw)

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