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Sold as legislation that would protect vulnerable species, the Endangered Species Act and other wildlife preservation laws are instead routinely abused by environmentalists as weapons against employers.
A favorite tactic is to use junk science and strong-arm tactics to get species that are not threatened or endangered listed as “threatened” or “endangered” to shut down agriculture, homebuilding, energy and timber development and other job-creating activities in targeted areas.
“Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.” – Environmentalist “founding father” Dr. Paul Erlich
“[W]e have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” – Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University and Obama adviser Stephen Schneider
WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed Republicans’ jobs agenda, applauded House passage of Republicans’ balanced budget, and noted Democrats’ failure to answer the question “Where are the jobs?” Following are excerpts of Boehner’s remarks:
On Building Our Jobs Agenda One Bill at a Time, Building An America that Works:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) introduced appropriations language this week blocking any funding to study, advance or implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed redefinition of “waters of the United States.”
WASHINGTON -- For the last three days Congressman Stockman’s office has been closely monitoring the situation effecting the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay.
We are currently working with all stakeholders and officials to make sure the ship channel is open as quickly as possible and folks can get back to work. We are especially concerned with the shipment and receiving of perishable goods and the effect on commercial fishing.
We stand ready to help local and state officials with anything they may need.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement on the dedication of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue that is part of the National Statuary Hall Collection of the U.S. Capitol.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) today issued a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell supporting a proposed US Fish and Wildlife Service rule removing the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.
The text of the letter follows:
March 17, 2014
The Honorable Sally Jewell
Secretary, Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 202040
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman Monday welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to the Port of Houston and challenged the Obama administration to approve billions of dollars in new infrastructure currently blocked by the Environmental Protection Agency.
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday extracted a promise from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to take immediate action on permits to expand refineries and export facilities in Southeast Texas.
“The EPA has a history of making promises they have no intention to honor, so I’ll work to hold her to her word,” said Stockman. “Folks in Southeast Texas are waiting on 13,000 new jobs in and $52 billion in new economic growth that’s being held up by the EPA.”
Washington, D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) today sent a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining concerns about the process by which the EPA is attempting to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Last month, Chairmen Smith and Stewart