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Reform the Endangered Species Act by respecting property rights

Reform the Endangered Species Act by respecting property rights

    By JONATHAN WOOD Update: On August 12, 2019, as a result of PLF petitions, the Department of the Interior announced changes that will improve the way the Endangered Species Act is applied — changes that will benefit property owners and species. Interior’s new rules terminate an illegal and counterproductive rule that complicated the recovery of […]

Pacific Legal Foundation | Supreme Court’s First Week’s Cases – The Fight for Property Rights

Pacific Legal Foundation | Supreme Court’s First Week’s Cases – The Fight for Property Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court fall term gets underway three days from now with a number of PLF cases on the docket that could set major precedents for individual property rights and the Constitution’s Separation of Powers. Here are the PLF cases going before the High Court next week, along with quick takes from E&E News […]

House Republicans are Overhauling the Endangered Species Act

House Republicans are Overhauling the Endangered Species Act

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter . The House Committee on Natural Resources advanced a slate of GOP-authored bills aimed at restructuring the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Thursday. The committee also passed three Democrat-authored bills that continue the federal government’s use of the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, set up a historical monument in […]

Democrats Are Protesting GOP Changes to the Endangered Species Act

Democrats Are Protesting GOP Changes to the Endangered Species Act

Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator Democrats are calling on Republican lawmakers not to move forward with several proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, arguing that the amendments would undermine the protection of at-risk wildlife. In a letter addressed to numerous House and Senate leaders, Democrats on Tuesday encouraged lawmakers not to pass several amendments […]

Pacific Legal Foundation will sue if feds keep stalling on golden parakeet delisting decision

Pacific Legal Foundation will sue if feds keep stalling on golden parakeet delisting decision

Federal officials have missed their legal deadline for acting on a petition to remove the golden parakeet from Endangered Species Act coverage.  Therefore, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is serving notice on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that the agency will be sued if the foot-dragging continues. The “60-day notice” that PLF just filed […]

PLF, farmers, and ranchers challenge state’s ‘endangered’ listing of Gray Wolf

PLF, farmers, and ranchers challenge state’s ‘endangered’ listing of Gray Wolf

The California Fish and Game Commission has neglected sound scientific analysis, undermined sensible wildlife protections — and violated state law — by unjustifiably adding the gray wolf to the state’s list of “endangered” species. So argues a lawsuit filed today by Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the California […]

Shafting taxpayers – promoting crony corporatism

Shafting taxpayers – promoting crony corporatism

Will Congress perpetuate renewable subsidies, redistribute our wealth and hammer fossil fuels? President Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” The omnibus budget package being negotiated on Capitol Hill is a perfect example. The wheeling and dealing is too complex and fast-moving […]

Supreme Court refuses to hook Delta smelt case

 

Water as property and habitat under the Takings Clause

Water as property and habitat under the Takings Clause

That is the question I will be answering tomorrow morning, along with a distinguished panel, in our special session on Water Rights and Regulatory Takings at the 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, sponsored by the American Water Resources Association.  I will be focusing on the interaction of the Endangered Species Act’s treatment of water as habitat […]