January 30, 2012
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a law firm masquerading as a zoological research organization, has launched a new salvo of scare tactics to force the listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. Like Captain Ahab, they relentlessly purse this goal regardless of the lack of scientific evidence and the economic impact on New Mexico and West Texas.
Another study by Texas Tech stated that uncertainties related to the effects of oil and gas exploration on the lizard's population "preclude an accurate assessment of risks, and therefore prevent management decisions that could optimize both species protection and economic production." The list of serious scientific criticisms goes on and on.