Cornyn Tries To Keep Lizard Off Endangered List

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.

Cornyn on Wednesday filed an amendment to energy tax credit legislation that would block the lizard’s addition to the federal endangered species list.

Echoing oil and natural gas producers throughout the Permian Basin, Cornyn says listing the species could bring production in parts of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico to “a screeching halt.”

The basin produces more than 1 million barrels of oil a day.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed until this summer a final decision on whether to list the lizard.

Cornyn and congressional representatives from several other states had sent letters to the agency and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking for the delay.

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  1. Elmer Fudd says:

    Who cares about all these strange species? It’s human beings that matter! I say pave the entire world solid with concrete, fill the skies with coal dust, fill the seas with mercury, and that way corporations can make the most money possible and buy the most Republican politicians as well.

    1. Tym says:

      I think you’re onto something there Elmer! I’ve been breathing good air all my life and I still get sick from time to time. Man I wish I could by me a politician.

  2. Danny says:

    I think Cornyn should be more concerned with keeping the middle class and elderly off the endangered list. That is more in line with his duties as a representative.

  3. oldman68 says:

    win that 500 million dollar jackpot and you will be amazed how smart the polls(both parties) will think you have become.Bet you will be asked to join them in the saving of America-with your money of course.They all make me WANT TO PUKE.

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