February 5, 2021 6:25 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, February 5, 2021 Morning Reads for Friday, February 5, 2021 By Ginny Politics 4 Comments Finally. Spring training begins February 17. Bills to watch this session. Now’s the time to quit smoking. Seriously. They are still counting votes in a NY congressional race. Jeff Bezos has all the dollars now, so he’s quitting. Or is he? Jeff Zucker looking for new network to ruin. Florida’s governor has the right idea. Nothing to see here. Move along. Nothing like announcing the front door is open and unlocked. Looks like we need to crank up the 2021 Bingo cards. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 4 Comments armanidog Now we learn Trump hates birds (plus a lot of other wildlife) “The Interior Department is delaying a last-minute Trump administration rule that would have weakened a century-old law protecting migratory birds, Interior officials said Thursday. Two weeks before former President Donald Trump left office, the Interior Department published a final rule that would have left the federal government unable to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against polluters whose actions lead to the accidental deaths of more than 1,000 migratory bird species. The rule was set to go into effect Monday. The Biden administration Interior Department did not specify how long the delay would be, but said it would allow the department to “determine what next steps may be taken.” The Fish and Wildlife Service is also opening a 20-day public comment period on the rule. The rule codified Trump administration policy not to enforce the law in instances of accidental bird deaths. A federal judge ruled last year that was inconsistent with the meaning of the law. The Trump administration finalized the rule anyway on Jan. 7. “The Trump administration sought to overturn decades of bipartisan and international precedent in order to protect corporate polluters,” Interior spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said in a statement. “At President Biden’s direction, Interior is delaying and reviewing the Trump administration’s rollback of the MBTA to ensure continued progress toward common sense standards that protect wildlife and their habitats.”” https://georgiarecorder.com/brief/interior-delays-last-minute-trump-rule-that-would-weaken-bird-protections/ “Mar 2 2017 Unethical hunting practices in Alaska’s National Preserves The National Park Service repeals a rule against deeply unethical tactics—such as shooting animals from aircraft— in targeting bears, wolves, coyotes, caribou and other wildlife in national preserves in Alaska. Oct 1 2017 Sage grouse protections removed This is the largest action by the Trump administration, to date, that opens federal lands for fossil fuel leasing. It amounts to little more than an attempt to convert nearly 9 million acres of critical habitat for sage grouse—an endangered icon of the West—into cattle pasture and sites for fracking rigs. Feb 16 2017 Stream protection rule repealed If you think a rule to prevent mining companies from dumping waste from mountaintop removal operations directly into streams and other waterways sounds like a good idea, you’re not alone. But killing the rule was part of Trump’s promise to “bring back coal,” which hasn’t worked out so well. While the rules regulating coal companies are more lax now than they’ve been in generations, Americans, by and large, are rejecting coal as a fuel for power production. https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/trumps-record-environment-and-public-lands-worse-you-think/7715139 February 5, 2021 8:11 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance So many agencies are just coming back alive, with a sense of purpose and morale. One acquaintance seemed to think that agencies all of a sudden doing their job again was a sign that there was in fact a deep rigged state. Except the bias that exists is the exact thing that ties agency workers together – a sense of purpose- of mission-driven public service. Of course there are different views on the degree of regulation, but there are fundamental missions and principles, and the fact that agency staff can be united around, or at least fundamentally agree upon, the heart of the mission- that’s a wonderful thing. February 5, 2021 11:19 AM Log in to Reply armanidog How can anyone be OK with shooting bears from helicopters? At least be on the ground, I’m rooting for the bears by the way. Deep state or not, I still glad these stupid EO’s are being reversed. It sounds like Republicans are OK with killing our songbirds. How can one condemn hummingbirds in order to pump more oil out of south Texas? February 5, 2021 7:37 PM Log in to Reply xdog Why do you hate capitalism? February 6, 2021 9:21 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.