We’d better stop drilling to save this bird

posted at 3:31 pm on December 2, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Elections aside, things have been looking fairly bright for the future of American energy production. As we’ve reported here in the past, the US is on the verge of becoming the biggest oil and natural gas producer in the world, possibly leading to a new “golden age” for the United States. So now we just need to get down to business, developing these resources, creating tens of thousands of jobs and building the infrastructure we’ll need for…

I’m sorry… what was that? We need to stop again? Why? To save a… a… chicken?

A move by U.S. authorities to consider placing a small grassland bird native to parts of the oil and gas belt on the Endangered Species List has drawn the ire of some Western lawmakers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced a plan to consider having the lesser prairie chicken listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The lesser prairie chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse, smaller and paler than the greater prairie chicken, its close relative…

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul.

“A listing will have permanent economic consequences for the people of Texas who live and work in the Permian Basin and the Texas Panhandle,” said Representative Michael Conaway, a Republican.

I don’t know if this is going to work, or if the people in the affected areas will stand for it without this turning into a massive political debacle for Obama and the Democrats. It’s true that Barack Obama doesn’t have to win any more elections, but his party will already be facing an uphill slog during the 2014 mid-terms. Dangling this sort of a treat in front of the public and then snatching it away at the last minute to save the lesser prairie chicken may just be a bridge and a half too far.

But if the Fish and Wildlife Service really wants to act as a fifth column agent to promote an anti-energy agenda, there’s one proposal they could consider here. The name “lesser prairie chicken” just doesn’t work for an ad campaign or a bumper sticker. First of all, it’s got the word “lesser” right up front and that’s just bad marketing. Also, you’re calling it a “chicken” instead of a grouse, which would be more proper anyway. Nobody wants to save chickens. They want to eat them.

They need to re-brand this bird to build a more salable campaign around it. So what sort of name should they give it? Submit your suggestions to share with the group. Maybe we can even move a few up here. Speaking as somebody who has worked in marketing for quite a few years, I’ll get the ball rolling with one.

Prairie Chicken 2

I’m sure you can do better.


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Probably another one of these fake “sub-species” genetically indistinguishable from other massive populations not accounted for.

Kenosha Kid on December 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

They used the spotted owl in the Northwest to stop logging; the owls still haven’t come back.

Oh well.

PattyJ on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2012/02/plan-shoot-barred-owls-protect-endangered-spotted-owls

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

They need to re-brand this bird to build a more salable campaign around it.

Free Range Change.

Barnestormer on December 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

What should we call this bird? Lunch.

College Prof on December 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul.

I see what you did there, NBCNews…

Nephew Sam on December 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Our drilling is killing the bird? So the bird can’t exist in the new world as man evolves?

Are these the same people who fight for evolution in our schools?
I would think followers of Darwin would be OK with a bird going extinct if it can’t compete in the evolutionary process.

Yeah.. don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. On the one side you fight passionately to indoctrinate school children with the theory of evolution.. that it is the natural order of things for species to die off that cannot compete. Survival of the fittest and all that. Then, on the other side you fight passionately to keep the tiniest of species from dying off that can’t compete with the natural order of things.

So.. is evolution right or wrong? Should man have tried to preserve Neanderthal?

The very people who would mock Christians for believing the Bible would be the sort to call Obama their lord and savior.

If you listed on one piece of paper everything libs fight for it would look like the list of a madman… full of delusional rantings by an insane schizophrenic psychopath.

JellyToast on December 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

A fine bird to hunt and eat. I am sure they can fly over the pipe.

AshleyTKing on December 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Are these the same people who fight for evolution in our schools?
I would think followers of Darwin would be OK with a bird going extinct if it can’t compete in the evolutionary process.
JellyToast on December 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

That’s just one of the things I find troubling about liberals. They claim they beleive in evolution but deny its actions. They claim they understand climate and weather but deny it changes. What they really beleive in is some weird steady state reality in which nothing ever changes. Not the climate nor the flora and fauna nor the Earth. Including international boundaries and cultures. All must stay static. It’s really kind of perverse.

Frank Enstine on December 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

But there is an evolutionary process for this. Give the permits, but the project has to take 3 million years to allow the birds to adapt to the new environment through evolution.

lester on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

So-o-o…how’s that wind-powered car workin’ out for ya, lefty? Cruisin’ right along?
‘Cause I know you wouldn’t use any filthy petroleum products to run your little auto…would you now?

Leftists are just too damned stupid to live. Thank God evolution (and extreme stupidity) will dispense with them in due time.

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 6:58 PM

And, leftists are anti-science. They do, however, believe in magic…and unicorns.

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Stuff like this makes us all look like we don’t care about endangered species and the environment…certainly many (most, I hope) Conservatives do care, but why feed the Left more ammo from our own mouths?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

They’re going to accuse us of that – and worse – so why bother? No matter what we say or do, they’ll lie about it, so…………

screw’em!

Let.It.Burn!

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

So in trying to ‘protect’ the habitat by preventing development, the actual threat to the habitat which are invasive species, drought, and parasites are not addressed. If those are the drivers to the endangerment of the species involved, then the prevention of development will do NOTHING to ‘protect’ the species.

In otherwords, a species getting marginalized by its own habitat disappearing due to xeno species if having NOTHING done to address the xeno species and development that would improve the economy and perhaps break up some of the uniformity of encroachment is being put off? Now isn’t that ‘smart’? The loss of habitat is happening due to something NOT RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT and it is ONGOING and NO ONE CAN STOP IT.

Oh joy.

Oh rapture.

ajacksonian on December 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Perry should OK the drilling and let the State handle the following lawsuit.

Texas has at least 20 suits in progress with the feds, one more won’t hurt and you could probably get a good 3-4 years of drilling in before a final verdict.

CorporatePiggy on December 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

How is it that nearly extinct creatures so clutter the landscape that you can’t seem to do anything anywhere without falling all over them?

KW64 on December 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

It should be renamed the “Bend over and kiss your future goodbye” grouse.

TQM38a on December 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

That’s just one of the things I find troubling about liberals. They claim they beleive in evolution but deny its actions. They claim they understand climate and weather but deny it changes. What they really beleive in is some weird steady state reality in which nothing ever changes. Not the climate nor the flora and fauna nor the Earth. Including international boundaries and cultures. All must stay static. It’s really kind of perverse.

Frank Enstine on December 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Yeah, everything must be static but not government. It was expand.

The EPA runs around demanding we preserve or return everything to the way it was 2000 years ago… hey.. but not our government. Yeah.. lets not return things to the way they were there. Instead of re-introducing elephants to the western half of America.. lets re-introduce founding principles to our nation. Instead of preserving some snail darter lets preserve our liberty. Our human habitat is way to fragile to go without it.

JellyToast on December 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Sad story about the owls, Solaratov. I guess our King put the other owls on the kill list. Is he going to use drones here too?

PattyJ on December 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

EET MOORE CHICKUN!!

Boogeyman on December 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

How is it that nearly extinct creatures so clutter the landscape that you can’t seem to do anything anywhere without falling all over them?

KW64 on December 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Now THAT I’M stealing!

Cleombrotus on December 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

EET MOORE CHICKUN!!

Boogeyman on December 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

GROUSE-FIL-A

Kenosha Kid on December 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul fowl.

Fixed.

Freelancer on December 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

We’ve got to stop the crazy Liberals from claiming that they are the protectors of all non-human species.

SOLUTION:
Announce that this is a Conservative bird, and that it LOVES oil fields: in fact, it cannot live without them…and must have more of them in order to thrive!!!

If Liberals object, announce that Conservatives also represent ants…and that we have registered all of them to vote. Of course only Conservatives can understand and interpret the wishes of the ant majority: we’ll let them know what the ants decide.

landlines on December 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM

This is why those Clinton-era tax rates won’t produce Clinton-era prosperity. The game-changing technology in 1990-something was the World Wide Web and the birth of e-commerce. While dotcom was a bubble, we still do our shopping online. The technology hit that point where it was going to become ubiquitous enough to work. And Drudge Report notwithstanding, Clinton had no reason to target the internet guys and tell them to cut that shiz out. So the industry made money hand-over-fist despite (not because) of the tax rates.

Now, in 2010-something, the game-changing technology is mostly related to fossil fuel extraction. Fossil fuels are unpopular with 0bama’s enviro base, who are cultural leaders in the large cities Democrats rely on to win elections. 0bama is going to have to squash the new technology where he can. Now, if there is any prosperity, it will definitely be in defiance of 0bama, not because of him.

Keep frakking that prairie chicken, 0bama!

Sekhmet on December 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

What’s the difference. The MSM won. Hollywood won. Leftist academia won. They’ve turned the American people into a bunch of ignorant idiots. They didn’t turn people into Leftists, they just made everybody stupid. First they blanched us by dumbing everyone down. Now we’re ready to be sauteed. Obama is the Iron Chef.

ardenenoch on December 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

lester on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Don’t get your feathers in a twist, lighten up. How come people don’t just introduce it to a new similar habitat, seems to work all too well with plant life and fish that take over new waters? Nope, because Democrats just double down on stupid.

Cindy Munford on December 3, 2012 at 12:12 AM

They need to re-brand this bird to build a more salable campaign around it. So what sort of name should they give it?

The People’s Bird of Sustainable Energy.

The People’s Bird of Economic Patriotism.

The People’s Bird of Eternal Social Justice.

The People’s Bird of Sustainable Development.

petefrt on December 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Hole-Blocker Rock-Chuckar

trl on December 3, 2012 at 2:08 AM

tastes like chicken.

2012chuck on December 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Great opportunity for Rick Perry to declare it a nuisance species, set a bounty, make it open season year round and eliminate the problem before the Feds can act. If too many are killed for hunters to eat, feed the poor with them.

ironked on December 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I say we rename the bird the Tea Party Loon .

Then not only will any efforts to protect this “species” stop, Homeland Security will declare it a threat and start a massive eradication program funded by the next round of stimulus.

lonestarleeroy on December 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

We still have plenty of grouse running around the mountains even after all the logging that has been going on for over 100 years. Doesn’t seem to affect them. Why can’t the little chicks get along side by side with the pipelines? Caribou loves them some pipelines.

Kissmygrits on December 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I wanna start a lesser Chic-Fil-A chain.

On a serious note, the Flint Hills of Kansas show that the wind farms are the problem. Not the drilling rigs which only drill for less than 7 days and leave.

seven on December 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Stoic Patriot on December 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Awww … ya beat me to it.

cheeflo on December 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Quote: “The lesser prairie chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse, smaller and paler than the greater prairie chicken, its close relative…”

NEWS BULLETIN: Scientists have discovered that the lesser prairie chicken is indistinguishable from a young, immature greater prairie chicken.

(Hey, why not, since giving a species of owl two different names, so they could “protect” the ones that lived outside their main breeding grounds, was so successful?)

J Baustian on December 4, 2012 at 12:03 AM

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