© Bridgette WTPOTUS 2011
Question of the Day:
Drill Oil and Save Jobs or Save the Sagebrush Lizard?
Can you believe that there are multiple meetings taking place in New Mexico and West Texas over the Sceloporus arenicolus better known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard? I say the lizards are known, but in reality they are only known to those people who deal with reptiles, such as zoo keepers, and those who might have a specialized degree that includes the study of lizards, a few environmental groups, the EPA, and U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. Yet we are all now going to learn about the habitats of these small brown, 2 1/2 inch creatures, and how giving them their right to life is going to affect the species called human beings.
This latest nonsense is coming from the EPA who has been pushed into action by the Center for Biological Diversity, Albuquerque, NM, specifically Jay Lininger, an ecologist. The U.S. Department Fish & Wildlife has been considering the lizard for the endangered listing since 2001. It appears Lininger’s lengthy report to the government is affecting their decision.
The lizard’s native habitat is in eastern New Mexico all the way to West Texas, and the federal agency says their habitat is threatened by ongoing oil and gas drilling and the removal of shinnery oaks for cattle grazing. (Shinnery Oaks are a 4 – 5 ft bush that is toxic to cattle so is removed by ranchers by using a herbicide. It is also a favorite feeding, breeding and hiding place of the lizards.) According to Patrick Manning, “Saving the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Could Endanger Oil Production, Lawmakers Say” the lizard lives off of a shrub called shinnery oak in the Permian Basin, which cuts through New Mexico and West Texas — and is also one of the richest resources of oil and gas in the United States.
Some organizations want the lizard declared an endangered species under federal Endangered Species Act, and the result would be that all of the working oil fields and oil wells in the areas that this lizard inhabits would be shut down. The oil companies, its employees and all of the states and towns involved benefit from the jobs, the taxes, and revenues that sustain the area, and contribute to the Texas economy as well as other Southwestern states. Their livelihoods now hang in the balance because of this critter that no one that lives in the area has ever even seen.
This reminds me of the small fish controversy in CA where they turned off all of the water to the most fertile farm land in the Valley because some organizations and environmentalists wanted to save a small endangered fish. Why didn’t they take that endangered fish to a special area and let them produce by themselves? Why didn’t they give those fish their own pond? They grow other fish species in special areas. No instead, the government closed down the water to an entire farming area. That decision put thousands of people out of work, out of jobs, and negatively affected the food grown, produced and distributed to the entire U.S. Yes, the fish won. Humans lost.
The Fisheries and Wildlife Department have until December to make a decision as to this lizard’s classification. Are Cass Sunstein and his ilk the people behind this latest idiotic lawsuit where the government takes the side of the lizard over the human beings who make their living in West Texas and New Mexico? Or is this another way for the Obama regime to attack the oil companies through the back door? Is this another attack on Texas because Texas didn’t support Obama? Is this another form of intimidation and threats against a state that opposes Obama’s policies?
Lest you think I am against saving the environment or saving animals and other species from extinction, I am not. I am for saving our economy, its people and resources, and the food sources that are affected by the purist environmentalists with a cause and whose proposed policies negatively affect the prime species – humans. In other words, in this case, I put humans above the life of a lizard.
There is reality and illogical reality. Whose side are you on? It is time for the human beings with thinking brains and common sense to take over the reins of government, and get with the programs that promote the welfare of the only thinking species once again. Sometimes I think that human beings with common sense are also becoming extinct. Perhaps they need to be covered by the endangered species act and put at the top of the list.