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Government Land Grab Over Chickens
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More than half of the West belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho, 66.5% of Utah and 81% of Nevada.

It’s not enough apparently, as the government moves to stop oil and gas production by taking control of wide swaths of land throughout the West using the Endangered Species Act as an excuse.

The Department of the Interior in cahoots with extremist environmental groups is looking to classify 757 new species as endangered including the Sage Grouse and the prairie chicken, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The reason is to limit oil and gas production, not to save a couple chickens.

They are first looking to declare the prairie chicken, which inhabits five states, as threatened.

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are considering suffocating laws to protect the sage grouse which inhabits 11 western states—California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The prairie chicken roams as much as 100 million acres of private land.

The land is used for farming, ranching, water projects, building, and oil and gas drilling.

This is also another excuse for the government to steal and/or control private land.

The government sidesteps legal channels and requirements to produce scientific evidence by using the “sue and settle” method. The government gets environmental groups to sue them and they allegedly settle, but it’s all preordained.

The upcoming EPA ban on 80% of wood burning stoves is based on this scheme.

The scheme works like this according to Senator Vitter of Louisiana:

A far-left environmental group sues a federal department or agency, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), claiming that the government is not satisfying its regulatory obligations.

Then, after the group and the EPA plan and discuss the matter – without the involvement of any others, including affected business, landowners, and state and local governments – they draft a settlement agreement committing the agency to regulate a certain sector of the economy or type of private property.

All that’s left is to get the presiding judge to bless their friendly agreement.

There’s even a bonus prize in this scheme.

Because such a settlement is counted as a “win” for the environmental group plaintiff, that suing group is awarded all of its costs and attorney’s fees, creating a revolving fund for its continuing activity, courtesy of our wallets.

Presto: the left, including the Obama Administration, advances its aggressive environmental agenda. No need for messy Congressional hearings or opposing arguments.
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