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Trump Endangered Species revisions a step in the right direction

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — The environmental lobby has always viewed endangered listings themselves as the primary goal, because listings lead to regulating business activity like mining, ranching, logging, and energy. That’s why such groups have petitioned the government to add another 145 new species to the list, an effort that will never […]

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Forest Service takes credit for small thinning projects, shrugs off decades of disastrous wildfires

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — …the Badger Creek Fire’s suppression costs exceed $6.3 million. That’s especially ironic when timber mills spent years trying to pay the Forest Service for the same trees that are now dead and burned. The government could have made money instead of losing money, and saved jobs, communities, watersheds, […]

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Who’s In Charge Here?

— Published with Permission of WesternWire.net — Restaurant owners may know that open-faced sandwiches are regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services. But if a second piece of bread is added on top, it is regulated by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s because […]

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Because I Said So!

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — Montana District Judge Brian Morris, a 2013 Obama appointee, has apparently relied on an entirely new body of law, discovering a previously unknown section of the Constitution. Like all federal judges, he swore an oath to perform his duties “impartially… under the Constitution and laws of the U.S.” […]

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Tired of federal control of lands? ‘Go wet, young man!’

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — Today, nearly all the world’s inhabitable land is either privately owned or held by governments, no longer available for homesteading. But what if people once again had that choice? That is a gist of a notion that has been around for several years: floating cities. Exploring the Great Blue […]

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Era of federal ‘sue and settle’ deals is over, and the greens are freaked

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — About 20 years ago, government agencies stopped collecting data on these settlements, so they could no longer report to Congress on the amount of money involved, or the groups to whom it was being paid. Long-time observers know it amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars, and the recipients […]