The Dept. of Interior off to a rocky start in cleaning up their piece of the swamp

Here is a disappointing story.Obama added a bee to the endangered specie less than 60 days before he left office. This could have been removed with the 60 day rule but was not. Of concern, was why? The rule was so poorly written that it is ripe for the lawsuits by the environmentalists. Newly minted Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke knew how to make an entrance: He arrived at his first day of work in Washington on the back of a horse. He best saddle up and look at the species that inhabit his little piece of the swamp.

…Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order.

The designation has serious adverse implications for Mr. Trump’s ambitious plans for infrastructure improvements, economic growth, job creation, and reining in regulatory abuse and overreach.

Rusty-Patchd Bumble Bee potential habitat

Already, officials in the Minneapolis area have delayed a road construction project – purportedly near a patch of potential RPB habitat – while they look for signs that the bees are actually nesting there. Another Minnesota group is trying to use hypothetical threats to RPBs to delay construction of a wastewater treatment plant that would prevent pollution from reaching sensitive state waterways!

In issuing the “endangered” designation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) advised that “The rusty patched bumblebee is likely to be present in scattered locations that cover only 0.1% of the species’ historical range.” Thus, government agencies need only be consulted or issue a permit for developers to “take” (disturb, harm or kill) the bees in these limited areas.

However, 0.1% of the RPB’s historic range is still an area of roughly 6,000 square miles: 3.8 million acres – equivalent to all of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. And that’s just the beginning.

The real kicker is that no one knows where that 0.1% area might be, scattered in tiny bits and pieces all across the 13 Northeast and Midwest states where the rusty patched bumblebee has supposedly been observed (by amateur entomologists) since 2000. That’s 378 million acres: equal to the combined land area of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana!

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17 Responses to “The Dept. of Interior off to a rocky start in cleaning up their piece of the swamp”

  1. The Weekly Headlines – My Daily Musing Says:

    […] The Dept. of Interior off to a rocky start in cleaning up their piece of the swamp […]


  2. Steve Dennis Says:

    Obama did so much in his last days in office that I am sure it is hard for the new administration to undo all of it and that is probably is what he intended. I hadn’t heard about this one but it is disappointing that nobody in the incoming administration was on top of this.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I agree… and I think this fellow was late getting confirmed. Either way, wasn’t there anyone in the WH to read the Federal Register and pull out all the stuff that was up in 60 days? Give the list to Trump?


  3. Just Simply Linda Says:

    {{{shaking my head}}} That Zinke guys has no business being the new guy over there, sigh…I saw that interview and he has no business in that department. I have a feeling Trump will be having more department moves—I am glad to see KT McFarland will be an ambassador, her and McMasters, I gather, couldn’t get along. Different times we live in, so it calls for different ways to handle things….I have to say, I am having a hard time adjusting to the new ways…I prefer fire and brimstone, just blow up Syria and get it over with…perhaps that why a woman won’t be president anytime soon.{{wink}}

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      I am glad too she will land on her feet. She gave up a good job at Fox for a couple of months at the WH.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Hootin' Anni Says:

    OMGoodness….I read your blog, and then scrolled down to leave a comment of sorts, hoping that some legal authority will find a loop hole in this, another one, fiasco of Mr. O’s.

    But then, read petermac’s and can’t stop giggling. Picture it, Hillary serving in a wheel chair paid for of course by the Clinton Foundation [as are the gifted socks Billy presented to G H W Bush in Houston]

    Liked by 3 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Peter always has a visual that never disappoints. Poor Huma… what will she do – Grin.


      • petermac3 Says:

        Huma you ask? Wheelchairs and knee pads,,..excuse me I have to go vomit

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Always On Watch Says:

    How could this have been overlooked by the Trump administration?


    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Perhaps the same way the EPA guy couldn’t give a decent answer to global warming last week on Fox…. upsetting to say the least.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Angel Says:

    and now we have Syria to contend with!!! Have a beautiful holiday ny friend–.paint some eggs! hugzzzzzzzzzz xoxoxoxo


    • bunkerville Says:

      Same to you Angel… I will stop by…..


  7. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • bunkerville Says:



      • Brittius Says:

        You’re welcome.


  8. petermac3 Says:

    C’mon Bunker how insensitive of you. Didn’t you learn in grade school that the Rusty Patch Bumblebee has always been a symbol of the oppression of the mulatto Muslim nation, the first people to inhabit North America before the red man sent them packing to Indonesia? But have no fear because we will all get our sensitivity training at the FEMA camps scheduled to open after Trump is booted out in 2021. It has been reported that President Booker will name Hillary as the first internment camp Czar, the first cabinet level appointee to serve in a wheelchair since FDR.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I think you covered our future…. I know, I have to get with the program or else!

      Liked by 2 people

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