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26 07, 2019

Walcher: Perhaps they never will

2019-07-29T10:04:42-04:00July 26th, 2019|Environment, Media Coverage, Reorganization Plan, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel Don McLean ended "Vincent," his classic tribute to Van Gogh, with the famous line, "They would not listen, they're not listening still — perhaps they never will." The song was about the post-impressionist painter, but that line has been used in many political [...]

22 02, 2019

Walcher: Ode to a butterfly

2019-02-27T14:36:28-05:00February 22nd, 2019|DOI, Media Coverage, Public Lands, Walcher|

by E&E Legal Senior Legal Fellow As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel Observing a monarch butterfly in the 1850s, Emily Dickinson wrote about its apparently aimless flitting, "Repairing everywhere, without design that I could trace, except to stray abroad on miscellaneous enterprise, the clovers understood." She knew butterflies were somewhat mysterious. They still are. Someone [...]

15 02, 2019

Walcher: What exactly is a species?

2019-02-27T14:23:30-05:00February 15th, 2019|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel For 50 years, Americans have spent untold resources worrying, arguing, regulating, and litigating, over "endangered species." You might think by now we have a clear understanding of those two simple words. We do not. Experts often disagree on whether something is [...]

28 09, 2018

Walcher: This move should worry no one

2018-10-01T13:07:55-04:00September 28th, 2018|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel Several articles began with an ominous picture of impending trouble: "In a move that's welcomed by Western conservatives but worries environmentalists, (Interior Secretary Ryan) Zinke has directed…" Dozens of articles in the past couple years featured similar leads. The words are [...]

25 09, 2018

Press Release: Greg Walcher’s Comments Re: ESA Proposed Rule Changes

2018-12-19T13:43:25-05:00September 25th, 2018|Comments, DOI, ESA, Policy, Walcher|

For Immediate Release: September 25, 2018 Contact: [email protected] 202-810-2001  E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher Submits Comments for the Proposed ESA Rule Changes Applauds effort and calls for strengthening of delisting and recover provisions Washington, D.C. - Yesterday E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher submitted comments to the Department of Interior (DOI) Fish [...]

31 08, 2018

Walcher: Darting from fish to snail

2018-09-17T10:27:36-04:00August 31st, 2018|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel The Endangered Species Act has inflamed emotions for 45 years since its enactment, and everywhere there are strong feelings, on both sides. The argument usually comes down to whether some species are more important than jobs, or whether all species are [...]

24 08, 2018

Walcher: Oh, the humanity!

2018-08-28T14:03:51-04:00August 24th, 2018|DOI, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel How we long for the good old days! That is the tone of some environmental industry leaders who are screaming bloody murder (literally, not figuratively) about the Interior Department's interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. One Washington Post columnist carped [...]

27 07, 2018

Walcher: A Panacea or a Death Sentence?

2018-08-17T12:42:26-04:00July 27th, 2018|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel In July, the Administration published its much-anticipated plan to modify enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The most powerful environmental law ever enacted, it was signed into law 45 years ago, and has steadily become more powerful and intrusive. Decades [...]

20 07, 2018

Walcher: Who’s in charge here?

2018-08-17T12:36:57-04:00July 20th, 2018|DOI, Media Coverage, Reorganization Plan, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel Restaurant owners may know that open-faced sandwiches are regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services. But if a second piece of bread is added on top, it is regulated by [...]