US Fish & Wildlife Fixes Wrong Problem for Northern Long-Eared Bat

Recently the Obama administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) did a disservice to not only the drilling industry, but the wind industry, farmers and the construction industry. USFWS listed the northern long-eared bat as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). USFWS says a fungus is spreading through the bat population, killing it. The northern long-eared bat is found in pretty much the eastern two-thirds of the country, minus Florida (see the map below). The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) points out USFWS has admitted the the bat is threatened because of something called white nose syndrome–which has nothing to do with habitat destruction. Yet drillers and midstreamers will now be hamstrung with new regulations to “save the bats” even though they are not the ones causing harm to the bats. It’s a typical Washington solution–“fix” the wrong problem…

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