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Nature Versus Man
by Lee

There’s a great article up over at Reason Online making the case for one of my favorite causes, rolling back the Endangered Species Act.

Since 1973, only 40 species have been removed from the endangered and threatened species list and only 15 of those have been de-listed because their populations had recovered. The other de-listed species either went extinct (nine species) or shouldn’t have been listed in the first place (16 species). Only about one percent of listed species have been declared no longer in endangered or threatened by extinction. Despite this sorry performance, the activist group Endangered Species Coalition hails the ESA as “one of our nation’s strongest environmental laws.”

They also cover the virtual theft of private property that the act mandates.

The Fifth Amendment also guarantees that private property will not be taken without just compensation. In other words, cities, states, and the federal government can’t just take someone’s property to build worthy projects like schools and roads without paying them for it. And while it would be far cheaper if the land were just seized, we don’t do that and claim that such payments would “bankrupt” government agencies.

Why should the case be any different for protecting endangered species? The draft revisions of the ESA would partially right this current wrong, but why should landowners be compensated for only 50 percent of their losses? We would all think it unjust to give people whose land is taken to build roads and schools only half the value of their property. If the public values endangered species (and most of us do), then it seems only fair that we fully compensate the people on whose land they live for taking care of them for us.

Absolutely.  The ESA, while noble in intent, is an abominable piece of legislation, and it should be reevaluated and significantly changed to better protect the rights of taxpaying landowners over flies, insects, birds, and other animal life.

Posted by Lee on 07/27/05 at 12:03 PM (Discuss this in the forums)


Posted by on 07/27/05 at 02:00 PM from United States

The ESA is just like Affirmative Action, sounds good and noble, but really is a horrible peace of legislation that needs to be revoked and just causes more trouble than anything.

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 02:41 PM from United States

They should try to find some endangered species in New London, CT

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 03:14 PM from United States

Species go extinct all the time, with or without the help of humans.  Should dinosaurs still roam the planet?

The ESA is just another piece of dogma for a religious movement.

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 05:19 PM from United States

EWWWW! (Safe for work, just an article.)

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 06:17 PM from United States

The ESA is just another piece of dogma for a religious movement.

Right.  The hyper-religious left are behind the ESA.  Good call.

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 06:50 PM from United States

ESA, them’s fightin words in farming country. A quick way to really endanger an animal is to say your going to list it.  They tend to disappear on private property.

Posted by Drumwaster on 07/27/05 at 07:17 PM from United States

A friend of a friend had been required to pay over $12K for “environmental impact fees” regarding an endangered species of cricket in order to perform a small amount of home upgrade on his own land. Not expansion, not a room addition, just some earthquake upgrades.

He paid it and swore that he would be spending his spare time sitting on the porch with a BB gun, killing every cricket he saw…

Posted by Galt1138 on 07/28/05 at 06:37 AM from United States

I’m sure this has been mentioned before. But, I finally got around to reading Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear.” Say what you will about its plot. But, that guy did his homework on a plethora of environmental issues. Seattle Outcast makes a point about species going extinct without any human causal factor. This is a big theme of the book - that nature is and has always been so chaotic and unpredictable that any human component to the equation is negligible at best.

Crichton was not someone I would ever suspect to be “gunning” for the environmentalist movement. He has no logical motive. That said, he made numerous salient points in both his book and his speeches at places like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and CalTech.

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 12:09 PM from United States

Seattle Outcast makes a point about species going extinct without any human causal factor.

Adaptation can be a great thing, find a niche, exploit it and prosper.  If things change and you can’t, your screwed.

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