I’d like to begin this article by saying that finally some common sense is blooming in the country, but I don’t know. The fact that we are even having this conversation makes me shake my head, but maybe I’m wrong. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject of which the gist is that the lizard won’t kill jobs…for now, anyway.
“On a conference call Wednesday afternoon, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressed confidence that what he called the ‘unprecedented’ voluntary conservation efforts by Texas and New Mexico would keep the dunes sagebrush lizard viable.
“’I’m 100 percent confident that [the conservation agreements] will be effective,’” Salazar said, adding that the efforts in the Permian Basin could become a conservation model for other parts of the country.”
It has been determined that the lizard is not likely to become endangered in the near future, and since the area in question is the Permian Basin area, this is a big win for Texas and the rest of the country.
Now, my question to you is simply this: If it were to come down to a choice between the lizard and oil and gas production and the jobs that come with that, which would you choose?