A good blog on the delisting, relisting, and delisting of the wolf in the Northern  Rockies-

Huffing and Puffing. By Kevin Taylor. The Pacific Northwest Inlander.

Among other things, I like the discussion of the snail darter from back in the 1970s when Congress decided to build a real white elephant of a dam and doom this tiny fish.* Congress has interfered with the ESA before. People should remember that.

_______________________

* The snail darter inhabited only the area to be flooded by the Tellico Dam. If it was built, the darter was extinct (or so it was thought . . . more were found later elsewhere). This was the first time the cabinet level Endangered Species Committee or “God squad” was used. The God Squad, however, looked at the matter and decided the Tellico Dam was such a piece of rancid congressional pork that the country would be better off economically, not even to mention the snail darter, if the dam was never completed. This after the dam was 90% done!! Congress loved its pork though, and over-road the Committee and the ESA, and finished the damn dam, violating residents property rights in the process, in the opinion of many whose land was put permanently underwater.

Tagged with:
 
avatar
About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Huffing and Puffing: The wolf’s strange journey on and off the endangered species list

  1. avatar DoryFun says:

    In that article TUTCHTON says: “It’s a crummy way to run a country, but unfortunately the sticking of little deals into a budget is a time-honored method.” So why isn’t there some kind of movement to challenge this kind of tactic?
    In 1994, Ralph Nader offered $10000 to a charity of choice, by any senator or representative that signed an affidavit signifying that they had read a 550-page document and answer questions about it, that had pertained to a WTO Uruguay Trade Negotiations that had been sent to congress.
    With no public meetings, hearings, or informative education, this free trade agreement gave the WTO power to undermine international conventions and treaties. The WTO agreement was drafted by representatives of multinational corporations. Only Senator Hank Brown (CO Repubican) followed up on Nader’s offer. But, after so reading, changed his mind about voting against ratifying the WTO document sent to Congress.
    So, yes, this is a bad form of politics, and bad habits die hard. But they need to die, or corruption will continue. Emotionalism still seems to rule politics, as evidence by decisions being made without even knowing (or getting informed about) most of the facts. At least a bridle would be nice for riding a runaway horse.

  2. avatar JEFF E says:

    I want to offer a general opinion about govt. My considered opinion is that when govt ceased to be an essentially volunteer position it ceased to be “of the people, by the people, for the people, ” and has been reduced to an entity that has only one justification; self-perpetuation.
    That is accomplished by enacting laws,backed by threat of force, or fear of (fill in the blank), that can only be enforced by government. The verse from the Simon and Garfunkel song is ever more relevent;” …we would like to know a little bit more about you for our files…” Fuck them.

Calendar

May 2011
S M T W T F S
« Apr   Jun »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Quote

‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

%d bloggers like this: