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Sagebrush Lizard Won’t Halt Oil Drilling



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In April, I wrote about the debate over whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, a decision which could have halted oil extraction in West Texas and New Mexico. I argued that the USFWS shouldn’t list the lizard, because the science was too incomplete and inconclusive, and there were already conservation plans in place to protect the lizard. Last week, the USFWS decided not to list the lizard, because . . . well, the science was too incomplete and inconclusive, and there were already conservation plans in place to protect the lizard. Does this guy look worried?



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