Wolf ESA plan should focus on species recovery, not shutting down ranchers

This plan set a recovery goal of 100 wolves, a target that was exceeded in 2014. However, instead of celebrating the recovery plan’s success by delisting the wolf and returning management to the states, the federal government decided to move the goal posts. It continues to manage the Mexican gray wolf under onerous ESA requirements, harming ranchers and other rural […]

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Pruitt confirmation welcome in Colorado, the epicenter of massive EPA debacles

The EPA wants millions in fines from Colorado Springs for speculative environmental harm that could happen, but probably won’t, even though the city has begun upgrades at a furious pace to avoid the possibility. Yet, the EPA takes no responsibility for harm it absolutely caused to people downstream from a negligent spill the agency caused. Hypocrisy so blatant and unapologetic […]

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Obama’s most onerous BLM regs in cross hairs of Wyoming delegation

“Under the Obama Administration, lands in Wyoming and all across the west were the target of aggressive federal regulations that were devastating to our jobs, our land, and our way of life,” said U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in a statement Monday. Heather Richards  Casper Star Tribune Wyoming delegation moves against Obama regs Wyoming’s congressional delegation took steps Monday to repeal […]

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Feds use environmental law to ramp up war on rural America

That’s what happens, for instance, when the EPA threatens landowners with $37,500 per day in fines ($1 mil per month) for actions as innocuous as building a livestock pond, clearing trash from a ditch, or plowing a field. None of those look like the “discharge” of a “pollutant” into a “navigable water” but, if you squint real hard, they have […]

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Obama’s regulatory machine on overdrive in final weeks

This oppressive agenda, and the audacity with which it was executed, was on the minds of voters and apparently rejected on Nov 8. With the transfer of power underway, the Obama administration’s controversial agenda appears to be in overdrive and the midnight rule-making has already begun. © Getty The Audacity of Smothering Regulation Early in his tenure, President Obama pledged […]

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Election causes states to rethink ‘clean power plan’ strategy

Arizona is one of 27 states challenging the rule in court but was still holding talks in case the Clean Power Plan moved forward. Trump’s election means that even if he does not succeed in rolling back the rule, he will appoint the Supreme Court justice who would likely break a tie between judges who would decide the rule’s fate. […]

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