SHOOT, SHOVEL AND SHUT-UP
Shoot, shovel and shut-up are actions property owners are forced to take when it comes to the Endangered Species Act.
The Endangered Species Act, meant to protect plants and animals, is probably destroying more species than it saves. Landowners fear that plants and animals they would prefer to protect will be discovered and they will lose the use of their property with no compensation.
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), who heads the Resources Committee, has been an advocate for property rights, but when it comes to the ESA, he has left many wondering if he realizes his recommendations are what is needed in ESA reform.
�Property rights advocates are voicing concern about a provision that would extend the ESA�s reach into so-called �invasive species� -- never before regulated under the law,� said David Ridenour, vice president of The National Center for Public Policy Research and long-time activist on land issues.
"I don't want the worst piece of legislation since the income tax to be 'updated and strengthened' -- I want it repealed," said APC president Tom DeWeese. "When lawmakers refuse to stand up for what's right, it?s our duty to stand up to lawmakers
Ryan Balis, of the National Center for Public Policy Research, warns landowners that the new reformed ESA proposals are worse than the unfair policy we now have.
"The Endangered Species Act, however, forces any citizen to �quarter� wolves, panthers, bears, or any of more than 1,200 other species the government declared to be �endangered,� said Henry Lamb in his article, Endangered Species Act debate is heating up.�
"There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it." --William James (1842-1910), the father of modern psychology
People have been told over and over about endangered and threatened species until they believe everything they hear. Studies have proven many claims made by environmentalists are not true, but the public does not know this, as it is embedded in their minds that everything is �endangered.� Could the ESA be just another tactic used to control property?
It doesn�t take a rocket scientist to see a pattern -- if you follow legislation throughout the United States, you will see the agenda embedded in one bill after another! There is an apparent move to control all land and water and to remove the rights from the property owner.
Human Events lists �The Endangered Species Act as the 6th most harmful government program. The program was started in 1973 by President Richard Nixon and a Democrat Congress to protect and restore animal and plant species deemed threatened or endangered.�
President Clinton signed an Executive Order stating that invasive species are �any species, including seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem.�
This sounds reasonable until you realize just what is invasive to the United States! What about cats, dogs, cows, potatoes, tomatoes and a very long list of species we take for granted and certainly don�t think of as �invasive?�
The legislation now being drafted allows a landowner to be compensated for 50% loss on the part of the property he could not use because it contained an endangered species. This does not sound fair. Why should a property owner have to sacrifice 50% on thechance that it "might" be endangered?
Other problems identified by the National Center included:
should be no compromise to reform ESA. Has the ESA ever really been
effective in comparison to the enormous cost to landowners and taxpayers?
Should a property owner be forced to �quarter� endangered species
with no just compensation or only partial payment? Please contact
the House Committee on Resources headed by Rep. Richard Pombo and
tell them the ESA bill should not become another eminent domain issue.
� 2004 Joyce Morrison
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Joyce Morrison is a weekly columnist and news reporter for the Illinoisleader.com, an online conservative news source. She also writes for SOWER magazine, NewsWithViews.com, as well as various other publications. She is a weekly participant on the teleconference of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank and is a pro-life, pro-family activist.
Morrison attempts to educate the public regarding the dangers coming to their local communities through Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 programs which are designed to gradually take control of all private property through undue regulations.
She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston, MO. FarmersRuralRestoration.com. Her most enjoyable time is spent teaching a senior adult Sunday School class which is a focus on hope and encouragement.
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