Monday, August 18, 2014

Rokita Ponders Repeal of Endangered Species Act

"I was once endangered, Todd."
I try to give Representative Todd Rokita the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes, and I don't say this lightly, I just wonder if he's all there.

On his Facebook page, Rokita tells the story of the Tippecanoe River and Lake Freeman up in Carroll County.

Apparently, there had been some complaints about a low water flow and level up there, so the Congressman looked into the issue.  Good responsive work there Todd.

In his investigation, he got a solution for the Tippecanoe River, but he didn't get a solution to the Lake Freeman issue because there are apparently six endangered mussels that would find themselves in a world of hurt if the low flow water problem were solved.

Rokita's solution: suggest the repeal of the 41-year-old Endangered Species Act.  Yep...let that sink in.  He actually put that up as an option.  

Conceived by President Nixon, the Endangered Species Act was passed nearly unanimously through Congress in 1973.  Only a few House members, including one in Indiana, voted against the act.  I guess that meant it was popular.

Now, listen, I'm no rabid environmentalist, but I don't know what gives us, as humans, a right to dictate to those voiceless and defenseless mussels what's best for them.  Do we wipe those little guys off the planet just so Jebby can ride his wave runner?  I say, heck no.

The Endangered Species Act is responsible for the preservation of countless species.  Two of our nation's most revered animal symbols, the bald eagle and the buffalo were once on the list.  Thanks to conservation efforts, they were spared extinction.

Makes you wonder if a bald eagle habitat were holding up progress on Lake Freeman if Rokita would be so blase about preserving them.

Click here and tell Representative Rokita exactly what you think about the Endangered Species Act.

1 comment:

Brian Seasholes said...

The buffalo, more accurately the plains bison, was NEVER protected under the Endangered Species Act. Furthermore, "The independent actions of private citizens, taken long before national governments reacted, were responsible for saving the plains bison," according to an article by a number of prominent experts in the prestigious scientific journal, Biological Conservation (Curtis H. Freese, Keith E. Aune, Delaney P. Boyd, James N. Derr, Steve C. Forrest, C. Cormack Gates, Peter J.P. Gogan, Shaun M. Grassel, Natalie D. Halbert, Kyran Kunkel, and Kent H. Redford, “Second chance for the plains bison,” Biological Conservation, vol.136, no.2 (2007), p. 182).

And the paramount cause of the bald eagle's resurgence in the lower 48 states (it was never in danger of extinction, because of the massive and healthy population in Alaska and British Columbia), was the banning of the pesticide DDT in 1972, not passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973.

But, hey, don't let a few facts get in the way of trashing Rep. Rokita.