Now, federal officials are weighing putting [the sage grouse] on the endangered species list — setting off a mad scramble among the unlikeliest of allies to save the bird and avoid disrupting the nation’s enormous growth in energy production. With a range stretching over more than 165 million resource-rich acres across 11 states, the grouse is at the center of one of the country’s most important struggles: to balance the demand for energy against the needs of nature. And in the process, it has put two environmental priorities — preserving species and fostering renewable energy — on a collision course.
“Remember the economic impact of the spotted owl and how much it reduced timber production on federal lands?” Representative Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, said in an interview. “The sage grouse has seven times the acreage of the spotted owl. You are looking at billions of dollars in lost economic activity, millions of dollars in lost state and local revenues and tens of thousands of jobs being lost.”
Environmentalists say the only way to save the grouse is to restrict use of the lands — whether for energy, housing, mining, ranching, hunting or recreation — which is exactly what an endangered species designation would do. Already, federal officials have delayed, altered or denied permits for more than two dozen energy projects in the West because of the bird. ...
That prospect has prompted an unusual collaboration among state and industry leaders to show federal wildlife officials, who have until September 2015 to decide on the endangered designation, how the bird can coexist with economic development. And federal officials, frequently at odds with one another over such matters in the past, are in on the act, overseeing an enormous effort among all the affected states to pre-empt the designation.
Remember preemptive harvesting? If you were suspicious that you might have a red-cockaded woodpecker on your land then you would go ahead and cut down your longleaf pine trees ahead of the optimal rotation.The difference here is that the natural resource is underground and you can't destroy the habitat (well, you can but the birds are already there) before the species is put on the endangered list.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released a new list of 10 species banned from being imported, exported, sold or possessed in Ohio. In the list below are the 10 evil invaders (some are edited to take away any identifying characteristics like 'shrimp' and others I used the scientific name because the ommon name is well, common) along with 5 names of Star Wars characters mixed in. Have some fun and try to identify the Star Wars characters (the list of Ohio invasive species is linked below the list--so you are less temped to cheat).
As was foretold in prophecy Friday, Mark has shrugged off a sucker-punch to the face and responded with fisticuffs of his own, somehow managing to wind up and knock Marlin down with a right hook despite literally being an inch and a half away from him. Still, this victory is bittersweet, as Mark looks poignantly at the avalanche of sea turtle eggs cascading comically out of Marlin’s green poachin’-sack. Yes, there’s an exclamation point at the end of his dialogue, but based on his stricken facial expression I would guess that this is as close as we’ve ever come to seeing Mark on the verge of tears, bereft over the senseless loss of endangered animal life.
By the way, is sea turtle egg-poaching an actual thing? Like, could those eggs ever hatch now that they’ve been removed from their nest and plopped in a big pile in a bag? Do people try to keep sea turtles as pets? Do people eat sea-turtle eggs? Have we been reading the wrong meaning of “poaching” in this storyline all along?
Mark Trail even thinks to himself with exclamation points!
Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.
The 374-acre nature preserve in suburban Colerain Township is part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County system. Wildlife officials say animals including crawfish, salamanders and frogs have been affected by the oil, with a few found dead at the scene. Contaminated animals are being collected, cleaned and released, officials said, adding that colder weather, with freezing temperatures at night, has reduced the number of wildlife moving through the leak area.
How much is one of Santa's reindeer worth? According to the Danish Air Force, about $5,000. That is what they paid Olavi Nikkanoff, a Danish farmer who plays Santa Claus at Christmas, to compensate for one of his reindeer, named Rudolf, who was apparently killed by two F-16 fighter jets earlier this year. The reindeer was not shot out of the sky, however; rather, he was minding his own business on Mr. Nikkanoff's farm when the jets screamed overhead at a low altitude, scaring poor Rudolf to death. Mr. Nikkanoff said he was satisfied with the compensation and would use it to buy a new reindeer before Christmas.
Meanwhile, reindeer sausage, chips and a drink costs $5 on a street corner in Anchorage, AK.
Adjusting with the CPI, the values of reindeer and lunch are $5978.90 and $5.98 in 2013 dollars.
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