The Democrats recently announced a major climate change plan to be adopted if they win Congress in the fall. They want “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, which would require heavy investment in renewable energy. But their plan would kill endangered species and waste millions of acres of land, says Michael Shellenberger, writing in Forbes. “There…
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Trump’s ESA Changes: A Good Start
Environmentalists’ knee-jerk reactions to the Trump administration’s regulatory changes under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA) were as predictable as they were misguided. Environmentalists claimed the changes violate the law and gut protections—leaving vulnerable species otherwise on the road to recovery at risk of annihilation.
Sadly, the mainstream media, which seems to treat as revealed truth every study, press release, pronouncement, and tweet from environmentalists, especially if it’s critical of the Trump administration, parroted these claims.
Based on environmentalists’ and the press’s reactions, you would think the ESA had a glowing track record of success in bringing species back from the brink of extinction, but nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, the ESA has been a costly fiasco.
Trophy Hunting: Controversial Again
Catherine Semcer, a research fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center, explained why trophy hunting actually helps preserve lions and other endangered species.
Feds to Lend $700 Million for Lithium Mine
A sample of where the “IRA” money is going: The Department of Energy is conditionally planning to lend $700 million to an Australian company, Ioneer, to create a “massive lithium mine in western Nevada,” reports Jeff St. John for Canary Media. (The company will lead an international consortium.) Lithium is a material critical to the…
Biden Hypocrisy Overflows, Harming Lobster Fishers and Right Whales
Hypocrisy abounds in the White House when it comes to ocean wildlife along the East Coast of the U.S. On December 1, President Joe Biden hosted a state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron, at which more than 200 Maine lobsters were served. As noted by The Guardian, just days earlier the retailer Whole Foods…
Shooting Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls
On March 4, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (in San Francisco) upheld a policy of the Fish and Wildlife Service that kills barred owls in Oregon. The practice, which goes back to 2013, had been challenged in court by Friends of Animals. An article by Barbara Grzincic of Reuters explains that the northern spotted owl…