A special PACK OF PUTRID PUNDITRY AWARD tonight goes to U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.).
She is pushing hard to remove Endangered Species protections for wolves in the state of Wyoming. And she will try any trick in the book (or out of the book) to do so.
Her latest bit of trickery is to legislate protection for any agreement the state and federal government might make to delist the state’s roughly 300 wolves. She wants to make sure any such agreement cannot be challenged in court.
Mike Simpson (R-ID) is the chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and according to Defenders of Wildlife he is out to bring the listing of new species to the Endangered Species List to a screeching halt.
A statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen notes the Interior Department funding bill being pushed by Simpson “takes an ax to countless environmental provisions aimed at protecting our public lands, water, and wildlife.”