Alaska Republican Don Young, the new chairman of the House Resources Committee, (he removed "Natural" from the committee's name) recently talked at length with reporter Angela Bouwsma:
committee stumbles on the diversity of life:
by the way, the only member of that (House Resources) committee
that ever voted for the Endangered Species Act when it was
originated. We never envisioned that it would be implemented as it
is now, and I've gone back over the report, the language spoken in
the committee, and who was talking about what. We had envisioned
trying to protect, you know, pigeons and things like that. We never
thought about mussels and ferns and flowers and all these ...
subspecies of squirrels and birds ...
endangered species and wetlands are created:
have a case out in Missouri where they put a mud turtle on the
Endangered Species List because a U.S. Fish and Wildlife person
went out to this area, a lake, that was dry. There were no turtles.
It was just - oh, he got all excited - there were no turtles. You
know why there were no turtles? Because the lake was dry. And when
it rained and the lake got wet, the turtles came out of the
Do you know there are documented cases where
a guy had a canoe - now think about this a moment - got a canoe,
left it right side up, got full of water, had a hole in it, drained
under it, moved the canoe. Had a flower there that had sprouted.
Didn't know what it was. He asked somebody to identify it, and they
said this is a flower that only grows in wetlands. It was declared
Another wetlands was created because
there happened to be an old truck turned upside down there for
about 50 years. And he (the contractor) removed the truck and it
left a depression in the ground and that's the wetlands. And
because they designate it wetlands, the agency shows no rhyme or
reason. This is going to stop, this is not going to happen.
Wetlands in the desert? Again, there's no wetland law. This is all
regulatory law through agencies: EPA, Corps of Engineers. Fish and
Wildlife. So that's going to change where if it's not wetlands it's
not going to be designated as wetlands.
talk on reforming the 1872 Mining Law:
land for $2.50 - let's make this perfectly clear, that has not
happened in the last 35 years. That's the big argument - that we're
getting robbed. There may be some things we can upgrade, but the
chance of that happening right now - I personally am not promoting
that. I defended the 1872 Mining Law a great deal ... (Reformers
wanted) to put, very frankly, the small miner out of business and
then to nationalize the mineral
Thoughtful words on elevating the
Environmental Protection Agency to cabinet
Absolutely opposed to it. In fact, they
ought to eliminate three cabinets and it doesn't matter which. Just
get rid of them. Again, I'm dead serious. Show me what they do for
On his friends in the environmental
Well, again, we're going to have
hearings (on gutting the Endangered Species Act) in the field.
We're not going to have hearings here in Washington, D.C., with the
(National Wildlife Federation President) Jay Hairs (sic) and all
the high, elite environmental community that supposedly talks for
the environmentalists, that drive their limousines and fly in their
private jets back to their homes in the Carolinas and get paid
$350,000 a year and then beat their chests and say look out for the
That's what the environmentalists -
the self-centered bunch, the waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating
intellectual bunch of idiots that don't understand that they're
leading this country into environmental disaster. It's a time-bomb
waiting to happen. You cannot have the ghettos and the inability
for jobs and true employment in this country unless you have
utilization of our resource.
Hundreds of years!
Millions! What's the difference?
thing that occurs by the preservationist is he denies man's
involvement and he doesn't give the opportunity to plan. And I
argue right up front, we can harvest trees and replant trees and
continue to produce trees like they've done in Sweden for hundreds
of years, millions of years, and never run out of trees. You can't
do that if you let them die or burn.
Excerpted with permission
from the BNA's Daily Environment Report, No. 248, pp. B1-B5, (Dec.
30, 1994). Copyright 1994 by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.