is Junk Science.
By Julie Kay Smithson
August 08, 2005
"Invasive Species" is Junk Science. That's right, and
I can prove it.
"Invasive Species" can be almost any plant or animal
-- deemed "native" or "non native" -- that
"invades" a place it is not welcome. The newly sprouting
layer of bureaucracy, regulation, and government graft stems,
not from a desire to curb "invasives," but from what
is seen as a golden opportunity to tap into many more taxpayer
dollars, while further regulating taxpayers and draining property
How can this be, you ask? The media is screaming about "invasive
species" from every corner, as though it were a foreign
army landing upon our shores. It isn't.
There are already in place regulations and statutes governing
the use of noxious weeds and other undesirables. All that need
be done is to enforce those laws and revisit species in different
areas as they wear out their welcomes or cross the line from
"ornamental" to obnoxious. Some species of flora and
fauna are welcome in one area and dreaded in another. That is
no excuse to forbid them all.
Congress recently struck all "invasive species" language
from the Transportation Bill, SAFE-TEA. Why? Such onerous wording
would have made all highway projects fair game for those seeking
to stop them by merely claiming "invasive species"
were present. Learning about the junk science embodied by the
"invasive species" frenzy saved America from another
layer of unnecessary and duplicitous regulatory imprisonment.
Sound familiar? This is the big brother to "endangered species,"
that thirty-something year mess that has gutted logging, ranching,
commercial fishing, etc., in America and made private property
rights little more than a doormat for litigation-happy "environmental"
groups who say they're "protecting" or "saving"
this or that "poster species." Many species dubbed
"endangered" actually aren't, but are simply used to
further something increasingly recognized as a rush to acquire
vast areas of land and control of water.
Those most incensed about "protecting" and "restoring"
"habitat" wax utterly silent when massive conflagrations
burn our mismanaged, stagnating forests by the millions of acres
-- which also incinerate "endangered" flora and
fauna. Where is the hue and cry when countless "Smokey Bears"
lose their lives in the face of these fires? Such "protection"
of "habitat" is something that most plants and animals
certainly don't need. In fact, these out of control wildfires
actually endanger much more than they "help." Junk
science strikes again.
I make no claims to be an expert on "invasive species"
or science, but my daily research has for years provided knowledge
that "something's wrong" with the "best available
science" being used to strip property rights from honest
citizens. When "best available" bears the aroma of
last week's fish wrapper, junk science has likely been used.
Perhaps the real "invasive species" are those
driving such agendas to create more wealth and power. Please
Julie Kay Smithson
London, OH - USA
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