[leps-talk]Act & Sierra Club

Ron Gatrelle gatrelle at tils-ttr.org
Mon Mar 8 18:05:16 EST 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Gochfeld" <gochfeld at EOHSI.RUTGERS.EDU>
To: "Jean-Michel MAES" <jmmaes at ibw.com.ni>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: [leps-talk] RE: Endangered Species Act & Sierra Club

> I'm afraid that we have a more serious problem in this country---judges
> not taking game and wildlife laws seriously enough and NOT imposing
> fines that should be imposed.

But it's mostly too little too late.  I was watching SC ETV a couple nights
ago on the "development" of Myrtle Beach SC.  It just made me sick.
"Worthless" beach property given away to induce people to build there.
Yankee's from NY, Chicago etc buying thousands of acres of sensitive wild
life habitat for next to nothing and ending up millionaires and building
the basic foundation of the east coasts version of Sin City (there are
likely more "escort services" per capita in Myrtle Beach than anywhere east
of Las Vegas).

Euphyes bimacula arbogasti - gone. Atrytonopsis loammi - gone.  Megathymus
yuccae (and possibly cofaqui) - gone.  Brephidium isophtalma insularus -
gone.  Anthocharis midea midea - gone.  Atrytone arogos arogos - gone.  And
the rarest of all eastern skippers, Hesperia attalus nigrescens, extirpated
to one tiny colony.

There was no bad news on this PBS program.  All the development was
positive - a taming of a frontier.  This same uncontrolled growth continues
to this day all around the world.   The rich corporations that support the
politicians (and their judges) care nothing for "wildlife", even though
many are "board members" of the Enviro organizations and "contributors" to
all the good causes.   Years ago one Dave Baggett concluded that the real
power  behind the world's endangered and wildlife laws was big business.
The conspiracy theory went basically like this.   Since the world's giant
corporate users of _natural resources_ were quickly using up those on
property they owned, they needed to find a way to get the _natural
resources_ on public and private lands.   They easily got pennies on the
dollar access to most Federal and State lands, but were exhausting those
resources too.   Thus, the creation of wildlife laws that would put blame
for the loss of the world's wildlife on poachers, and provide for the
virtual confiscation of private lands via government taking of control of
property for wildlife easements and/or management purposes.   This would
then 1) shift the blame from the real destroyers of this world - INDUSTRY
and put it on the people as "poachers" or overpopulation and 2) allow all
big industry access to more _natural resources_ under Fed and State
control - public and private.  The most precious to the future being water.

So here we are sill debating about some birds being shot here and there,
some poaching of whatever wherever, while big industry and government
continues to rape the earth of its _natural resources_.   The people didn't
destroy the environment of Russia under the Soviet Union - government and
industry did.   The same is true in every country on earth.  Little guys go
to jail and the big politicians and corporate moguls continue to destroy
the earth's HABITATS and all therein thousand acre tracks at a time.

I don't think Baggett was far off.

So no, the more serious problem is not the judges - for they are just the
pawns of the Governmental and Industrial good old boys whose political
parties they are members of, whose stocks they own,  and country clubs they
belong to.  The little guy is rarely a real wildlife/enviro problem, but he
sure makes a great scape goat.  (The movie Alrington Road is not so far
fetched - " he acted alone" NOT.)

Ron Gatrelle

PS  Whatever... it's Monday.


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