John Cornyn Seeks to Fend Off Latest Threat to Texas Economy: Salamanders

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Never turn your back on an Austin blind salamander. They'll kill your economy.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before Texas politicians, still on a high from their glorious victory over the evil, job-killing dunes sagebrush lizard, turned their attention to similarly insidious threats to our economic well-being.

This time, the threat comes from four species of salamander -- the Austin blind, Georgetown, Jolleyville Plateau and Salado -- found only in Central Texas and on the cusp of a listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Austin blind, for example, is found only in and around Barton Springs in Austin and is perennially threatened by stoned college kids frolicking in ridiculously cold water "rapid human population growth.".

But such a listing would, of course, cripple the Texas economy. The economically vital past time of salamander stomping would be outlawed. So would the almost-as-important salamander strangle.

Enter U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Representative John Carter of Round Rock, who on Friday filed the Salamander Community Conservation Act that, contrary to its name, would make it harder to protect the salamanders, by stopping their inclusion as endangered species.

"Just as they hastily tried to list the sand dune lizard in West Texas, the administration is again putting the cart before the horse based on limited data in the face of economic consequences," Cornyn said, according to The Hill. "Our bill will head off a premature listing, allowing conservation efforts already under way to continue without hindering Central Texas from growing and creating jobs."

Lucky for us Texans, we have politicians with the balls to stand up against small reptiles and amphians creatures.

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cesar39nt
cesar39nt

they've already put the lower income,the poor now the horrible salamander & it's so cute looks just like our gov.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

IS SALAMANDER A FOOD CREATURE?  (OTHER THAN IN LOUISIANA, OF COURSE)

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Republicans are merely adding another species to the list of living things they'd like to see go extinct.

UnCoverUp
UnCoverUp

More evidence for one of Chuck Darwin's corollary theories "Survival of the Fittest Reptiles" (Note: Class Reptila  includes the Order Lawbyer ("lawyer-lobbyer") Parasitica.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

What a bunch of jack-assed comments.  Water is a social good, treating it like pennies found on the ground will result in all of us going thirsty.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Yeah, those protected Springs are really crippling Austin.   It bring tourists, visitors and makes the quality of life such that Austin has the most expensive real estate in the State.  What an idiot sophist Cornyn is, he's more than happy to take the opposite position if it pays or is politically adventageous

monstruss
monstruss

I didn't think it was possible for the comments and commenters to get worse than when Sportatorium shut down, but this new commenting system has made it just unbearable.

jerikjonsson
jerikjonsson

"Human population growth" in this case means pumping from the Edwards Aquifer.  The feds have been trying to regulate the Aquifer for years on the argument that it has to ensure sufficient spring flows at the San Marcos and Barton areas to keep these little guys alive.  This is despite the fact that some of these springs went dry in the '50s from drought.  So we already know that you can't guarantee spring flows, but the way the ESA reads, it doesn't matter if your proposed intervention is doomed to failure, you have to do it anyway.

 

Everyone ought to watch Penn & Teller's Bullshit on the ESA.

Mervis
Mervis

The folks at Rahr have supported the Blind Salimander from almost the start of the brewery. They have a sesonal called Blind Salimander Pale Ale and after a year or two off from brewing they whipped up a batch this year and it is out now at bars and stores. Portions of the profits from this beer go to the preservation of the species.

Mantikos
Mantikos

This guy is a bigger idiot than Rick Perry and Bush combined...if thats even possible

Albert
Albert

Maybe this lizard can do what the snail darter did for California farming.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I WOULD ALL ALL LIBERAL HUMANS TO THAT LIST OF THINGS NEEDING TO BECOME EXTINCT....WORKING ON THAT FOR NEXT NOVEMBER...

gmit
gmit

 @scottindallas If that salamander becomes protected you can forget about those "tourists" frolicking in the springs

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @scottindallas AUSTIN IS VALUABLE TO THE EARTH!! When it comes time for Mother Earth to receive an ENEMA...the tube will be inserted in Austin Texas

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @jerikjonsson You should be more familiar with the region.  San Antonio has the lowest access to the Springs and have devastated New Braunfels and San Marcos, who also rely totally on the Springs.   San Antonio needs some (ANY) surface water, but they don't, and are slow in enacting drought restrictions.  Your myopic view would destroy the region and eventually San Antonio too, for it's the suburbs to the North that make that city thrive, and the USG's military bases, the socialism you love.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Mervis It "THE BLIND SALIMANDER" just a racist code phrase for OBAMA?

 

makes sense to me....

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Mantikos both are against same sex marriage...thus, I am pretty sure you will NEVER see Rick Perry get "combined" with Bush.

jerikjonsson
jerikjonsson

 @scottindallas I'm not really sure what my myopic view is.  You seem to be working from some assumptions.

 

Anyway, access to the springs is not an issue.  The springs feed streams that are not significant water sources, but I think you meant access to the Aquifer, in which case, San Antonio has the best access to the Aquifer.  San Marcos can only really access through drilling on its water company's southern edge.  I don't have any quarrel with water planning, but to say that San Antonio is being unfair to its northern neighbors is looking at the issue upside down.

 

And it's the ESA that prevents comprehensive water planning in the region.  Because the feds can't tell the local users how much they're allowed to pull out of the Aquifer, they really can't sit down and trade water rights and plan surface sources.  The state has imposed pumping limits, but can't with a straight face tell anyone that the feds won't come in with lower limits.  And all of this is being done for a habitat protection scheme that we know for a fact won't be successful long term.  I'm not at all saying don't plan for future water use; I'm saying that the ESA is absolutely the wrong reason for planning and harmful to planning.

Albert
Albert

 @EricNicholson4 

 

Maybe this amphibian can do for Texas what the Percina tanasi did for California agriculture.

 

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