Sea turtles or us

Coastal residents of North Carolina long-willing to accept a few regulations in exchange for federal cash to replace eroded beaches, dredge waterways and repair storm damage face new threats. Increasingly aggressive federal agents encroach on our private property and our personal liberties.

For example, a bureaucratic decision by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand sea turtle habitat under the “Endangered Species Act” allows more control of coastal land presumably in the interest of these animals—another power grab of private property and state sovereignty.

A Wilmington StarNews article by Kate Queram reported this threat in July. (link) Last April F&WS agents arbitrarily designate 739 miles along the Eastern Seaboard—including 68 miles of Cape Fear coastline—as “critical habitat.” State and local officials have good reason to be concerned about this latest power grab by unelected federal bureaucrats. (link)

When used in context with vast, ambiguous and uncontrollable environmental laws such as the ESA, the word “habitat” has ominous meaning; another one is “wetland.” Radical environmentalists have infiltrated our public institutions coopting biological terms and concepts. They assign distorted values far beyond reality and presume to equate plants and wild animals with human interests.

In addition to putting another federal jack-boot in the state door to assault property owners with more police powers, this action will provide radicalized environmental groups another opportunity to litigate against owner’s and local official’s decisions about land development.

Unfortunately, by accepting federal “carrots” for local and state projects our people don’t want to pay for, we collude with the all-powerful Feds to increase oppressions on the states. Thus, we state citizens must submit to excessive, heavy-handed regulations and the high costs associated with them.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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