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A West Texas Lizard vs. Oil and Gas Production (Controversial government evidence with consequences)

By Vance Ginn -- August 5, 2011

Most People have never heard of the dunes sagebrush lizard, but it may soon hit them where it hurts: the wallet.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to classify the lizard as an endangered species. This could stop production of more than 1,000 oil wells and reduce annual oil production by at least 7 million barrels. ┬áThe resulting burdens and lost opportunities for America’s working families would be outrageous on their own, but they are especially outrageous in this case given how paltry the evidence is underlying the federal government’s proposed action.

The agency considers five factors in designating a species as endangered. These include whether the habitat is threatened, overutilization of the species, disease, inadequacy of existing regulation mechanisms, and natural or manmade factors that hinder the existence of the species.…