Protecting endangered lizard threatens oil, gas industries

From - by Joe Bartels, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Taryn Bianchin, - The Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the sand dune lizard on the endangered species list, protecting its habitat from everything, including drilling. The lizard, native to southeast New Mexico and four counties in adjacent Texas, is causing a stir among oil and gas producers in the state who fear its protection could put thousands of New Mexicans out of work. “The listing of the lizard has several bad outcomes, but jobs is the worst outcome. We stand to lose agriculture production, all of the oil and gas jobs; it might shut down the nuclear enrichment facility,” said Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who cites New Mexico's joblessness at 9 percent. Read more News New Mexico

Greg Sowards Gets IBD Mention

Greg Sowards
Investors Business Daily - The weekend Tea Party convention in Phoenix focused on policy, but gearing up for 2012 was foremost in many attendees' minds. Next year promises to be a fierce contest, pitting the two-year-old Tea Party grass-roots movement vs. the time-tested and newly energized Big Labor machine. The American Policy Summit's leaders downplayed 2012, stressing issues like the Constitution, ObamaCare and the debt ceiling. "We had training for local activists, but the biggest focus of the event is more on policy, culture and education," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, which organized the summit. Read full story here: News New Mexico