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Friday, March 03, 2017

The Desert Pupfish may thwart Trump's Wall

The federal bureaucracy already has its plan to stop the Mexican Wall. A report issued on May 3 -- the day of the Indiana Primary that clinched the Republican nomination for Donald Trump -- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued its report on the environmental impact of what those nonpartisan bureaucrats called the Trump Wall.

Now on the surface this seems reasonable. Even helpful if it stops a delay in the project, which was authorized 10 years earlier.

But by calling it the Trump Wall, the unappointed and unelected and accountable-to-no-one bureaucrats flaunted their bias. They found what they were looking for: "endangered" species that it could claim would be harmed by the Mexican Wall.

In many cases, they are not even a full species.

From the report, the endangered species "harmed":

Arroyo Toad Anaxyrus californicus
Texas Blind Salamander Typhlomolge rathbun

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii extimus
Yuma Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris yumanensis

Diminutive Amphipod Gammarus hyalleloides
Peck's Cave Amphipod Stygobromus pecki
Riverside Fairy Shrimp Streptocephalus woottoni
San Diego Fairy Shrimp Branchinecta sandiegonensis

Big Bend Gambusia Gambusia gaigei
Comanche Springs Pupfish Cyprinodon elegans
Desert Pupfish Cyprinodon macularius
Fountain Darter Etheostoma fonticola
Loach Minnow Tiaroga cobitis
Pecos Gambusia Gambusia nobilis
Spikedace Meda fulgida
Yaqui Chub Gila purpurea

Ashy Dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca
California Orcutt Grass Orcuttia californica
Davis' Green Pitaya Echinocereus viridiflorus var. davisii
Mexican Flannelbush Fremontodendron mexicanum
Nellie Cory Cactus Coryphantha minima
Otay Mesa-mint Pogogyne nudiuscula
Salt Marsh Bird's-beak Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus
San Diego Ambrosia Ambrosia pumila
San Diego Button-celery Eryngium aristulatum var. parishii
Sneed Pincushion Cactus Coryphantha sneedii var. sneedii
South Texas Ambrosia Ambrosia cheiranthifolia
Star Cactus Astrophytum asterias
Terlingua Creek Cat's-eye Cryptantha crassipes
Texas Ayenia Ayenia limitaris
Texas Snowbells Styrax texanus
Texas Wild-rice Zizania texana
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii
Walker's Manioc Manihot walkerae 
Zapata Bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila

Then come the insects, mice, snails, et cetera. Plus there are "threatened" species and candidates for threatened.

The odds are in favor of stopping the projects. That is the way Congress and the bureaucracy set it up. In the name of protecting the polar bear, the government stops progress.

This thing will be litigated for the next ten years, with socialist groups disguised as environmentalists bilking taxpayers for attorney fees.

A mess.

A reason we have to keep electing wrecking balls to office is because the American People are an endangered species. Washington wants to import socialists from another failed socialist state.

Leon Kolankiewicz wrote of this in 2011:
The two main biotic concerns from the wall would be habitat fragmentation and disruption or interference in the movement or migration of non-human, non-avian vertebrates (e.g., mammals, reptiles, amphibians). There may be ways to mitigate the adverse effects to some extent. Birds wouldn't have a problem.  
I made the analogy that the border wall would be similar in impacts to those caused by a new 4-lane Interstate or freeway with fencing on either side to reduce the incidence of collisions with deer and road kill. Enviros aren't happy about those developments either, and nor should they be, but you don't hear nearly the flap in general about those types of projects that you do about this one, and we all know why that is.   
The only species I want to protect is the American species.

Let's hope it is not killed in the name of protecting the Desert Pupfish.

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  1. But by calling it Obamacare - and not by its proper Affordable Care Act name, the unappointed and unelected and accountable-to-no-one bureaucrats flaunted their bias.

    1. You found some unappointed and unelected and accountable-to-no-one bureaucrats who are biased against Obamacare? Ha! Troll

    2. It should really be called RobertsCare, after the Chief Justice who took it upon himself to rewrite a defectively written law.

  2. Hopefully the dismantling of the EPA will walk hand-in-hand with the wall.

  3. "Let's hope it is not killed in the name of protecting the Desert Pupfish."

    How or why?

    In last 10 years, more than 700 miles of the wall have been constructed. Way to make excuses now for Mrs. Putin's failure to deliver down the road.

    1. Don't be in such a hurry, Mrs. Obama. The wall may not be built to your specifications, but your president will get on the job as soon as the leftists stop obstructing.

    2. How are leftists obstructing the construction of the Trump Wall? Seems like to me Putin's Puppet is at a loss on how to proceed knowing he cannot make Mexico pay for it.

    3. I just think it's funny that Obama's puppet is the most unhappy commenter here about how fast the wall is going up and that mexico hasn't consented to pay for it.

  4. Easy. Our side hires two dozen unemployed Ph.D.s (that are driving school buses across the country) that merely show that they falsified the data and used the wrong statistical analyses. Bingo...Global mass extinction theory eradicated (again).

    From the lyrics of the late Harry Nilsson "Ya see what ya wanta see; ya hear what ya wanta hear."

  5. Instead of a physical wall why not use lethal doses of radiation. If anyone makes it across they will die within 24 hours. As for the critters, we can call it "Enhanced Evolution." It will give these species the opportunity to mutate and evolve into other species. What environmentalist would disagree with that? - Elric

  6. Environmental impact studies are part of any building project, so I'm betting Trump already has a way to beat it.

  7. Mr. Trump, he be knowin' how to get around them rascally bu-ro-crats.

  8. Answer me this ... what sort of desert species wouldn't appreciate a little extra bit of shade?

  9. It will be most interesting to see how many of the "endangered" species will flourish with the new rains that have come..
    desert ecosystems do that...

  10. The Left maintains that Trump will cause a major war.

    And yet the prospect of nuclear winter to offset global warming still seems to upset them.

    There's just no pleasing the Left, is there?

  11. The left only uses wildlife to advance their agenda. They could care less about critters:

    --The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

    Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty -- nearly four times the current limit.--

    1. Since the wind farms fired up in Kansas, we have seen a resurgence of grouse in the vicinity of the wind farms as bald eagles are thinned. Presently we have an over abundance of predatory birds, and that has led to a decrease in numbers of the animals they feed on.
      GOD designed a lot of checks and balances into this system we call home. We have to work really hard to foul things up as bad as burrocraps manage to.

  12. There is an easy way to fix this. Ask for an environmental impact AND health and safety statements concerning the unrestricted border crossing off illegal aliens. Those people pollute, foul water systems, destroy fragile habitats and kill creatures. Of course, until they come up with thopse statements NO border crossings by human beings except at official border crossings can be allowed. To protect those fragile ecosystems and the health and welfare of all the most ecologically "friendly way" of preventing irreparable damage is to station snipers at regular intervals along the border and shoot anyone crossing the border illegally.

  13. The desert pupfish is less than 3" long. Even if the wall is built across a river that has pupfish, it won't do one goddam thing to the pupfish. The water has to get through, that means screens, and the screens will allow a 3" garbage fish to go through.