Zinke’s bumbling gives ‘eco-obstructionists’ leverage over resource development

Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order. Paul Dreissen Watt’s Up With That? Off to a bumbling start at Interior Was it because […]

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Property rights hang in the balance in Wisconsin riverfront parcels taking case

…when the Murr children approached St. Croix County in 2004 to sell the vacant lot to finance improvements at their parents’ cabin, they were told they could neither sell nor develop the property thanks to regulations put in place in the 1970s. A 1975 county ordinance based on state regulations required a total area of at least an acre to […]

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Government regulations, big corporations killing off family ranches

As older ranchers see children leave for other lines of work, Boone said the ranches that families are forced to sell are often absorbed into bigger ranches. “A large part of them have been bought up by big corporations.” Bob Martin Legendary New Mexico The Disappearing Family Ranch While the number of beef cattle grazing on New Mexico pastures and […]

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Kansas wildfire relief impeded by rigid federal rules, red tape

…one rancher even told him he ran out of ammunition shooting cattle injured in the fire. “They are shooting new baby calves, cows they worked their whole life to raise that kind of genetics and that type of cows. You can’t do anything, but you are there because you care about the cattle…” Amy Bickel Kansas AgLand Wildfire relief sees […]

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Demonized by progressives, California ranchers embrace Trump policies

About two hours north of San Francisco I talked to many residents around the town of Red Bluff who are big fans of Trump. Although Hillary Clinton won California in a landslide, some four million people voted for Trump, and he won Tehama County by a landslide. “He’s our only hope,” says rancher Wally Roney, who has felt that the […]

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How Trump can drain the EPA swamp

Unnecessary environmental regulation imposes incalculable costs in foregone innovation and economic growth, and the loss of private property rights and liberty. Despite dramatic gains in environmental quality, both the number and cost of federal regulations have been increasing for decades. Diane Katz The Daily Signal There were mixed signals from the White House on Tuesday about whether spending cuts or […]

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Why Trump’s termination of WOTUS is good for America

The Clean Water Act itself makes it expressly clear that states are supposed to play a leading role when it comes to water policy. The WOTUS rule ignores this. Both the federal government and states are supposed to work together to make this happen. States are in a far better position to address the unique environmental needs of their waters […]

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Endangered Species Act: Poster child for backwards incentives

What if those incentives were reversed? What if landowners were paid to create and preserve habitat, or better yet, to raise endangered species as efficiently as they raise livestock? What if landowners knew that if a species’ population fell below a certain number it would certainly be listed — and if its population rose above a defined number it would […]

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Progressive elites seek to ‘socially engineer’ rural Americans out of existence

Consider the case of the late John Rapanos, a hard-working, patriotic Michigan developer who, as the son of Greek immigrants, was living the American dream. His dream turned into a nightmare when the Environmental Protection Agency wanted to throw him in jail for five years and fine him $15 million for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act by polluting navigable […]

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EPA: Extreme Politics Agency

“Government employees and contractors at universities appear to be rubber-stamping EPA’s distorted claims,” Milloy wrote in the forward of his new book, which has been endorsed by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe and former EPA science panel Chairman Dr. George Wolff.  New book exposes how EPA distorts science to fit its political goals The Environmental Protection Agency has based its […]

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