by j. wright~
The arrogance of our federal governmental agencies in their continuing quest to retain power regardless of impending job losses is overwhelming. If you enjoy paying $4.00 or more for gasoline and support President Obama's suggestion that the Saudis produce more oil for our consumption, stop reading right now.
Taken from http://pearce.house.gov, Roswell, NM (April 28, 2011) “An estimated 750 New Mexicans attended a rally tonight in Roswell to oppose the listing of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard as an endangered species. The listing threatens to have a devastating effect on the oil and gas jobs in New Mexico.”
Like the Pacific NW's Spotted Owl, the California Snail Darter and Sand Flea (orchestoidea californiana) among others, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard addition to the growing list as an endangered species will possibly cost 20,000 oil and gas jobs in New Mexico. When the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service was asked if they had taken into consideration the potential job loss, they brushed it off as incidental. Congressman Steven Pearce, R-NM says, "My office has asked for data from Fish and Wildlife on how jobs will be impacted, and they claim they don’t have the information."
Reportedly, the only way to determine if any New Mexico Dunes Sagebrush Lizard is endangered or not is to place it on it's back and count the scales located on its front legs between the armpit and the elbow: a lizard with five scales is NOT endangered; one with four scales is... no DNA tests have been used to determine if the two identical lizards are the same species, just bureaucratic scale counting resulting in potentially massive job losses.
This is definitely 'change.' The same as the fresh water that was shut off that supplied California food farms because of the endangered Delta Smelt Fish.