Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Lawmakers, Including Steve Pearce, Seek Overhaul of Endangered Species Act to Ease Harm to Farmers, Ranchers
Lawmakers are leading an effort to do away with endangered species regulations that they say hurt farmers and ranchers without benefiting the targeted wildlife. Reps. Mike Johnson, R-La., and Paul A. Gosar, R-Ariz., headlined a letter Tuesday to leaders of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Agriculture, asking for their assistance in modernizing laws that they say are hurting the farm community. “We ask that your committees work together to address the numerous regulatory inefficiencies and statutory roadblocks in the agriculture community by modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and similarly outdated laws and regulations,” the letter reads. “These much-needed updates would ease the stranglehold on farmers and ranchers who often face the brunt of these job-killing mandates.” Johnson told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that the letter is about building support to combat the Endangered Species Act and bring better ideas to the table. “We’re just starting what we believe is the obvious point that we’ve got to get the committees to work together as a priority to address these numerous regulatory inefficiencies and statutory roadblocks that have gotten in the way of our agriculture community,” Johnson said. “The Endangered Species Act is really just an out-of-control measure that is not very effective and it desperately needs to be modernized so that it can work in a way that benefits everyone, and that’s just not happening right now.” The law prohibits farmers from using their property, the writers say. “This clear failure of the existing [Endangered Species Act] is compounded by attacks on property rights through substantial federal restrictions on land use, and the ESA’s one-size-fits-all approach to species protection that has little regard for solutions from states and local shareholders,” the letter reads...more