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Obama aims to save chickens, limit humans

Obama aims to save chickens, limit humans

The Obama administration has initiated a plan to declare the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species, citing its imperiled habitat—which happens to cross states throughout the nation’s oil and gas belt.

Despite ongoing efforts in the affected states to avoid the listing by spending $50 million to preserve the habitat, the Interior Department is collecting public comments and will hold hearings in February.

“We are encouraged by current multi-state efforts to conserve the lesser prairie chicken and its habitat, but more work needs to be done to reverse its decline,” said Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency leading the effort at the Interior Department.

Energy production disrupted

Placement of the small grouse on the Endangered Species List affects Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas, where it could significantly disrupt energy production and farming, said Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

“The Obama administration’s proposed listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species could have potentially devastating job and economic impacts,” Hastings said.

Daniel Kish, senior vice president of policy for the Institute for Energy Research said the full impact on energy production is relatively unknown, “but it cannot be positive.”

“Under these policies, the most endangered species in the United States could become American workers,” Kish said.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America also opposes the action and says the administration’s plan begins a dangerous precedent for future energy production, economic growth and working conservation efforts.

“America’s heartland is flourishing due to oil and natural gas development in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico,” the association said in a statement.

“It is no accident that the anti-development movement is pressing to list a species in this resource-rich region. It is an increasingly used tactic by environmental groups to manipulate (the Endangered Species Act) in order to discourage growth. If the lesser prairie chicken is listed as endangered, this encouraging growth will be in jeopardy as energy development—in fact, all kinds of development—could be stopped in its tracks,” the association said.

The listing consideration is part of a court settlement between the federal government and environmental groups.

“By caving to environmental pressures, the Obama administration is sending a signal to American business,” the petroleum association said. “In the midst of a battered economy, the Obama administration has chosen to show hostility to economic growth, instead of the encouragement for job creation and energy development that President Obama promised in his campaign.”

Hastings said the proposed listing is a prime example of how the process is being driving by litigation instead of science. “Closed-door negotiations with high-paid lawyers whose fees are being subsidized by American taxpayers are not the proper way to make decisions on species listings and set a dangerous precedent that will have widespread impacts on job creation, economic growth and energy security,” Hastings said.

However, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said he is hopeful the costly preventative measures states have already taken will prompt federal officials to deny the listing.

“A proposed listing as ‘threatened’ is the best possible outcome at this time because it brings us one step closer to achieving a ‘not-warranted’ decision in the coming months,” Inhofe said.

NOAA to add coral to ESA

The Obama administration has proposed adding 66 coral species in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to the Endangered Species List citing the dangers of global warming and ocean acidification.

“Corals provide habitat to support fisheries that feed millions of people; generate jobs and income to local economies through recreation, tourism, and fisheries; and protect coastlines from storms and erosion,” said Jane Lubchenco, undersecretary for commerce for oceans and atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Yet, scientific research indicates that climate change and other activities are putting these corals at risk. This is an important, sensible next step toward preserving the benefits provided by these species, both now and into the future,” Lubchenco said.

The federal agency cited an unnamed study that said coral reefs contribute $483 million annually to the U.S. economy through tourism and recreation activities and another $1.1 billion in goods and services. The oceanic administration estimates the commercial value of coral reefs at $100 million, and another $100 million is earned annually from recreational fishing.

It is not yet known what the economic impact will be from the listing or forthcoming critical habitat designations.

However, Human Events reported in April that federal efforts to create a marine reserve zone in Florida’s Biscayne National Park to protect coral there would close a vast swath of the bay to boating and fishing. The announcement did not address how boat traffic in the Pacific and Caribbean areas would be affected but suggested fishing would not be limited.

The final listing is expected to be completed late next year after public comment is received and more than a dozen hearings are held.

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  • 1grainofsand

    Global warming is a Marxist lie. Obama is a Marxist liar. Keep ‘em poor so they will be easier to control is Obama’s Karl Marx ideology.
    I say drill for oil on American soil and eat more prairie chickens.

  • AgTrotter

    Oh, how I long for the day when we can put liberals on the endangered species list.

  • loshombre

    Gollee, the lesser prairie chicken appears to be closely related to the greater Washington Democrat chicken which is thriving in the environs of D.C. Perhaps we could combine this effort with that of the USDA sacred Indian sites initiative and just declare the entire U.S. off limits to human endeavor. Of course Washington will be exempt.

  • redwolf6911

    This shows full well what Obama plans for this country. The loss of jobs, government control of our lands, and destruction of the energy industry. Obama and the Democrats want total control of our lives. The total destruction of this country is in full swing.

  • Jeffrey Golding

    This is the same thing that has been happening at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area to include closing most of the beaches to access for most of the year and stalling the replacement of the one bridge that connects Hatteras Island to the mainland. Look for OBPA’s website to learn more.

  • george

    And the world is flat. It so funny. In 2010 they showed the glaciers melting and the impact on the earth and predicted the flooding of New York. Here is a piece of the findings:

    “Shrinking glaciers have led to a reduction in spring run-off which is intensifying the effects of drought in California and other states, especially later in the summer when other water sources dry up. Glacier loss has also contributed to rising sea levels, which has put low-lying coastal areas – such as New Orleans – at greater risk of storm surges. In the United States, parts of the East Coast and Gulf Coast would be hit hard. In New York, coastal flooding could become routine, with large parts of Queens and Brooklyn especially vulnerable.”

    Well here comes Sandy – labeled as a Freak Storm by the delusional republicans. The republicans are so worried about the debt being left to their “children and children’s’ children” but don’t give a dam about the condition of the planet on their “children and children’s’ children”.

    So you go on and eat more dam prairie chickens and drill more dam oil.

  • Larry Guglielmi

    …and the beat goes on!

  • george

    Oh shut the hell up. From 2009-11, the Obama years, oil production rose two of three years, for a net increase of 10.6 percent. And the loss of jobs – that was in 2008 and its been gaining ever sense. Job Openings in U.S. Rise to Highest Level Since 2008. The destruction of the country – republicans are for the destruction of the planet – for corporate greed. Spare me the b.s.

  • helioquois

    Mmmm… prairie chicken–good eatin’.

  • globalcrap

    The picture above should be the new demoncrap poster for the O Bogus regime..

  • Quarantine Guard

    I would prefer the ‘extinct’ list, thank you very much.

  • Jerry Stafford

    George you are an idiot.. a useful idiot.. look it up because I am sure you are unaware of its meaning and its use..

  • Dan Mason (Author)

    China’s Financial Weapon – China is holding more than $1 trillion in U.S. debt. The
    powers that be do not see a problem with that issue. They do not fear a
    “suddenly and significantly” withdraw of funds which could pose a national
    security threat. This assessment comes from the Pentagon. This is the same people that didn’t see Pearl Harbor or 911 coming.

  • Jerry Stafford

    once again you are spitting out the line.. the production rose because of production on private land that obama could not stop… it dropped dangerously on public (government controlled land).. but you keep voting democrat …moron

  • TanongSak

    The adjective is “damned,” not “dam.” Or didn’t they include that in your “Ebonics” course?

  • Dustoff

    That be PRIVATE production on private lands.

  • TanongSak

    Quite so. But that’s one of our problems. There’s just never an exterminator around when you need one.

  • TanongSak

    Just think of how many scarce resources we could save of all liberals were eliminated.

  • TanongSak

    The tragedy is that he’s allowed to vote at all.

  • Dustoff

    Even the UN isn’t sure. UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen

    Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are
    puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over
    the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while
    others explain it through ocean currents.

    The planet’s temperature curve rose sharply for almost 30 years, as
    global temperatures increased by an average of 0.7 degrees Celsius (1.25
    degrees Fahrenheit) from the 1970s to the late 1990s. “At present,
    however, the warming is taking a break,” confirms meteorologist Mojib
    Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in the northern German
    city of Kiel. Latif, one of Germany’s best-known climatologists, says
    that the temperature curve has reached a plateau. “There can be no
    argument about that,” he says. “We have to face that fact.”

    Even though the temperature standstill probably has no effect on the
    long-term warming trend, it does raise doubts about the predictive value
    of climate models, and it is also a political issue. For months,
    climate change skeptics have been gloating over the findings on their
    Internet forums. This has prompted many a climatologist to treat the
    temperature data in public with a sense of shame, thereby damaging their
    own credibility.

  • tdott

    oil production on federal land dropped between those years. please know what you are talking about before spouting nonsense on this post., and telling people to shut the hell up.

    ps, learn to spell and not rely completely on your spell checker, it’s since, not sense. the latter is something liberals like you severely lack.

  • Dustoff

    Here we are told, the econ is going great. Really?

    Food stamp use reaches another high in September: 47.7 million participants

  • Warren Parr

    It is time to have congress declare war on both the EPA and the Interior dept. and Impeach Obama for destroying the natural resources of the USA . Fact is Obama ,Al Gore the EPA and the Interior hold the view the best way to persevere the USA from global warming is to decrease the human population and the make the USA a worthless nation like Africa is .

  • dmacleo

    Himalayas glaciers are growing, have been for few years.
    water flow outout has increased, snowfall increased too.

    arctic ice shrinking is not as it seems, measurement criteria was changed so while some thickness now shows as a loss overall coverage (sq miles) is more.
    antarctic ice is increasing all around.
    more ice in non-landlocked area means more water displacement.

    no global warming in 16+ yrs.

    NONE of this caused by man.

  • Barbara Rogers

    Can we all say Agenda 21…

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  • kastrono_cubasi

    To put the huge Sandy Storm as an exemple is a fallacious exercise .
    Any huge hurricane can raise the waves over five meters when pushed by the winds blowing at over 150 miles.NO need of any global warm or defreezing glaziers.Ask the Philippinos or even the japanese on this issue to see if they have the same concerns scope on global warming as the cause of the flooding. Sunamis only occurr when a sysmic tremor of the continetal plate move in a fault region. And these have nothing to do with the “warming” of the planet.

  • BigUgly666

    If oil production has risen so much – why are we paying twice as much for gasoline and diesel?

  • kastrono_cubasi

    Many do not understand this , their own planet. Ignorance prevail & they don’t that the Earth axis is never static on one & only one place. In fact millions of years ago the present day North Pole was about the position of the present day Equator. But the Pes have a dancing movement such as a top does when losing its spin.With that change of posit. the MAGNETIC field also changes. Plus the
    Atmophere’s layers of protection from the SUN PLASMA or bombardment of particles also change with the Poles positions.
    Then the amounts of heat credited to the sun rays may vary at any moment and without any foreseeable timing . The warming of weather depends on the sun more than on the melting of the ice.

  • kastrono_cubasi

    When as a president, you see over 10% un-employment unprecedented finantial crisis, and you decide to stop all productive activities such as OIL drilling on USA soil, or try to delay a project as the Pipeline for Oil from Canada,but then not even happy with stopping these JOBS creation projects put a moratory on the Gulf explotation and drilling… you are depriving more than 500,000 americans to get a job in those fields. Now to get american more apalled yet, this same president grants loans to Brazil to drill off their coast severl hundreds millions and where a rich billionaire shareholder by the name of Soros have interests or shares. oris one of the owners.
    So millions for Brazil and ZERO FOR AMERICAN JOB SEEKERS.

  • kastrono_cubasi

    WHY not start these chick production in great scale ? so the “ekolos” shut the hell up.? That way the silly excuses will also go to hell.

  • kastrono_cubasi

    and on this the demos and kolos won’t say a word…
    maybe that is the main reason to keep the oil drill off the reserves…give more money to the big oil corps. and to the foreign producers.

  • JustJPs

    Prairie chickens are delicious!

  • UnrepentantConservative

    Silly me. I was assured by Liberal science teachers in high school that global cooling and death by glaciation were imminent. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting…

    As for the Lesser Prairie Chicken, I suspect that reasonable habitat preservation efforts will, over time, increase their numbers to the point where limited bag hunting will be necessary to keep their populations managable. I imagine they taste about the same as pheasant (which goes nicely with claret, by the way).

    What should be obvious here is that the Obama Comms want to stop all fossil fuel development, make suburban and rural living unaffordable and herd us all into fetid megacities where we can be better “managed” until the chimerical new-man ideal of Communism can be realized.

    The article states that there are at least 12 hearings and a comment period before a decision is rendered. Deluge them with pro-economic, fossil fuel development comments and flood the hearings to standing room only with an army of informed speakers who hammer away about energy sector jobs and energy independence. And, just for a bit of ironic fun and a swipe at Leftists, have a gaggle of noisy, Conservative “hey-ho” protesters making a ruckus outside.

    Confronted thusly, the enviro busybodies will likely back down and find another cause. They are cowards at heart, especially when confronted by impertinent Plebes.

  • RenegadeScholar

    And the world is flat…. they…predicted the…[whatever]


    C’mon, george. We’re all already dead anyway! I read it in the newspaper predictions!

    Read below.

    If you dare.


    More things “they” predicted:


    Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012

    Hydrate hypothesis illuminates growing climate change alarm

    Compiled by John Stokes

    A recent scientific theory called the “hydrate hypothesis” says that historical global warming cycles have been caused by a feedback loop, where melting permafrost methane clathrates (also known as “hydrates”) spur local global warming, leading to further melting of clathrates and bacterial growth…..


    Still more things “they” predicted::




    it had been estimated that there would be between 50 million and 200 million environmental migrants by 2010

    And so on.


  • globalcrap

    Quit watching those sc fy movies. Try and get a job. Get off welfare. Thank you.

  • Raul Solis

    Here we go again, the extreme enviromentalist communist taking land against our will, to save a bird, while killing jobs, killing families, and killing towns. Lets fire all the beauracrats that are hurting us. Elliminate the Dept of Interior

  • Tim_Barrie

    Not to mention completely free-range. We have Ruffed Grouse where I live and I’ve yet to find someone that doesn’t prefer that to factory-farm raised chicken.

  • ErnieLane

    The affected States should just ignore Obama on this. What can the feds do?

  • DeepWheat

    “What can the feds do?”

    The precedent for that was set just about forty years ago, when the Feds imposed the nationwide “double-nickel,” the 55mph speed-limit (to “save fuel” in the wake of the first big OPEC oil embargo in ’73), and promised to take away the federal highway funds of any state that failed to comply.

    It was several years before Montana decided that with only one Interstate hwy crossing their state, and the distances between towns being so great, they could shoulder the costs of maintaining their roads just fine without the federal largesse. So they raised the speed limits in their state back to something reasonable and went their own way.

    Now, with so many other state programs dependent-by-design on federal moneys, it will be much more difficult to pull away from the gov’t teats and stand tall… and we should have NO doubt whatsoever that BH∅ and his cronies, having themselves now the sublime luxury of no further electoral worries forever and four whole years in which to enjoy it, will punish those who do (or ever did) oppose their sanctimonious Agenda… just look at all the people he/they have thrown under the bus already!

    Try to see things from his/their perspective (you may need a strong stomach or a lot of Dramamine)… there are federal grants, subsidies, tax-deductions & -subsidies everywhere. From where they sit, it’s all low-hanging fruit with which they can bludgeon anyone foolish enough to disagree with their plans…

    “Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.” ~ Bette Davis

  • kcast2011

    Can’t wait when you liberals have cake on your face when this entire man made global warming lie is exposed

  • roberta robinson

    I am aware of this, I have been visiting there for two years now and I do see the hassles for people to get on the beaches without paying a permit. last oct they had just reopened the cape point when we got there but for most of the summer it was closed even tho from reports only one bird resided there and got 3 football field size land all to it’s self. that amount to about 2 miles I believe so no one was allowed to fish there during that time.

  • roberta robinson

    such a pretty bird, for me when there is a problem regardless of what it is there is always more then one solution, there is always a way to handle it in a way that is fair to everyone concerned, if the gov was really concerned about animals and the economy for the people they would work with companies and land owners to work around this problem, I always am suspicious when only one solution is offered (and it always the same solution to all sorts of problems regardless of type) which is push humans out, stop human activity, stop economic acitivity, or seize land without just compensation. this tells me they aren’t concerned about fair solutions, only political agendas, to bad because I can’t imagine there is no way to have our cake and eat it too.