September 29, 2005

A KELO OF DOPES:

Endangered Species Act rewrite passed by House (Erica Werner, 9/29/05, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The House on Thursday passed legislation that could greatly expand private property rights under the environmental law that is credited with helping keep the bald eagle from extinction but also has provoked bitter fighting.

By a vote of 229-193, lawmakers approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, perhaps the nation's most powerful environmental law. The law has led to contentious battles over species such as the spotted owl, the snail darter and the red-legged frog.


Amazing even for the Democrats not to have figured out from the eminent domain kerfuffle that Americans are partial to property rights.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2005 10:30 PM
Comments

Hmm, and the House passed this with an acting Majority Leader not named Tom DeLay?

Poor Dems. Did they really think the GOP agenda was going to be derailed so easily?

Posted by: kevin whited at September 29, 2005 11:32 PM

Property rights even won out here in Oregon ... 2 to 1 ... on a major land-use intiative.

Posted by: ghostcat at September 30, 2005 1:05 AM

Susan Combs, the present ag commissioner in Texas and elected under Bush in 1998, has made this change something of a crusade, after she found federal EPA people tresspassing on her West Texas ranch searching for endangered species, which would have then triggered land/water management use restrictions.

Urban reps tended not to understand this type of situation, but now that they have their own version of violation of private property rights with the Kelo decision, the concept of the government coming in and telling you what you can and can't do with your own property suddenly has a real-world application.

Posted by: John at September 30, 2005 9:57 AM
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