Weekly litigation update — May 6, 2017

Intervention filed in Congressional Review Act case As has been widely reported elsewhere, Congress and the Administration have dusted off the Congressional Review Act and have set about rescinding a series of Obama-era regulations. You can read more about that … Continue reading

Environmental extremists dismiss property rights

Over on the Huffington Post, Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity launches an over-the-top broadside against several people involved in the incoming President’s administration. The part that is most illuminating about how some extremists think is this missive … Continue reading

The Center for Biological Diversity goes batty

The Center for Biological Diversity is threatening to sue the Fish & Wildlife Service for not imposing ruinous and unnecessary restrictions on private property owners throughout 37 states to protect the Northern long-eared bat. It contends that heavy-handed “take” regulations … Continue reading

The forgotten victims of species protection

Well-doers often forget the costs that the Endangered Species Act imposes on others. The listing of an animal as threatened or endangered saddles people within its range with some heavy burdens. Property owners may lose control over portions of their own property, which they must leave untouched … Continue reading

Is radical environmentalism misanthropic?

My colleague Damien Schiff recently posted on the question of whether, and the degree to which, the environmental movement has migrated from an anthropocentric to a non-anthropocentric framework. Today I offer the view that there is a strain of contemporary … Continue reading

California spends nearly a quarter million to move a grocery store shrub

Stop me if you heard this one before.   How did the shrub cross the road?  By calling CalTrans, US Fish & Wildlife, California Department of Fish & Game, the Wild Equity Institute, the Center for Bilogical Diversity, the California Native Plant … Continue reading

The salamander lawsuits continue

The Center for Biological Diversity announced this week that it has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to produce recovery plans for three populations of California tiger salamanders protected under the Endangered Species Act.  I haven’t seen … Continue reading

A very litigious pygmy owl

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) announced that it has provided notice to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of its intent to sue the agency over its decision not to list the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl … Continue reading

The kangaroo rat strikes again

Author: Damien M. Schiff Redlands Daily Facts reports that, owing to a recent siting of the federally protected San Bernardino kangaroo rat, a 1.5-mile road expansion in San Bernardino may cost millions of dollars more than originally anticipated. The added … Continue reading

Up close and personal with Kieran Suckling

Author: Damien M. Schiff Earth Island Journal has an interview with Kieran Suckling, head of the environmentalist group Center for Biological Diversity. (Suckling is a former member of Earth First!; the organization's website describes the group as an antidote to … Continue reading