"If this is allowed to occur, there truly will be a global warming,
the warming of the earth with wolf blood."
I think the subjects of wolves and global warming are related,
but not for the same reason as that expressed above by Mr. Robert
M. Lacy, who appears to be in a hyperbolic meltdown brought on
by his dismay at the court-ordered removal of non-native wolves
from Yellowstone National Park.
Three years ago when the federal government introduced wolves
into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho they broke the law. The
Farm Bureau sued to make them accountable. Now theyve been ordered
by a federal judge to pull the wolves out. They should round them
up right now and ship them back to Canada. But they wont. Theyll
avoid obeying the law as long as they can by stringing out the
appeal. The wolves will keep killing livestock and in the end
federal agents will have to shoot the wolves they brought in and
all their offspring. If there is blood, as Mr. Lacy predicts,
it will be on their hands.
The Farm Bureau originally filed an injunction asking Secretary
of Interior Bruce Babbitt to hold off bringing the wolves in until
our suit was heard. We said then that if the government and the
environmental groups really cared about protecting these animals
they wouldnt be shooting them with darts, killing some in the
process of kidnapping them from their happy homes in Canada, dragging
them here in cages and turning them loose, knowing they may have
to hunt them down and kill them and their pups in the future The
proof is in the testimony of Ed Bangs, head of the government
wolf program who, at the time when asked by the judge, "What harm
am I doing to the animal...if I let these wolves in...and ultimately
determine they should be removed?" answered, "My recommendation
would be to kill the animals."
Everything the public was told about wolf introduction was
a lie. Wolves arent endangered. There are over 50,000 wolves
just to the north of us. The governments plan doesnt protect
wolves. The program is killing them. Landowners couldnt protect
their property from wolf predation under the governments wolf
introduction program any more than they can now, under the judges
ruling that the Endangered Species Act preempts their plan. It
always did. They knew that when they put the new rules in place.
So did their friends in the environmental movement. Thats why
they sued. Thats why we sued. We just asked the court to take
the next logical step under the law. No new rules. No new wolves.
The whole wolf program was a fraud. The real goal was to
use the Endangered Species Act to expand federal land use control.
Neither the federal government nor the leaders of the major environmental
groups have ever really cared a hoot about the welfare of the
wolves. If they did, they would have waited until our suit was
heard. They didnt care then and they dont care now whether the
wolves live or die, because none of this is about protecting the
weak or the endangered. Its about money and power. It always
The environmental groups made a bundle of cash promoting
the wolf program. They put wolves on coffee cups and T-shirts,
set up a booth in Yellowstone Park and collected signatures from
every busload of foreign tourists coming through. They knew all
the while that they were killing what they claimed to love for
money. At the same time they were excoriating the livestock industry
every time we mentioned the cost of wolf predation.
Theyll make a bundle more saving the wolves from this latest
"threat." Of course, they wont admit they caused it. Like their
friends in the Interior Department theyre never responsible.
The black hat will be on the poor cowboys who get to raise the
calves, lambs and dogs (yes, dogs) to feed the wolves.
Thats bad enough, but the federal government has been even
more hypocritical. Theyve spent millions so far bringing the
wolves in. Now theyll spend more getting them out, not to mention
the legal fees theyre running up arguing why they should be able
to break the law with impunity. They have used the wolf program
to expand their power far beyond what the authors of the Endangered
Species Act ever intended. In writing these regulations, Interior
moved well past species protection. They erred by exposing their
actual intent. They sought to empower themselves to dictate to
landowners how they may or may not use their land. Their reach
exceeded their legal grasp and now they have to answer for their
The problem with government power is once the boss hogs get
a taste for it, their arrogance knows no bounds. Our founding
fathers understood that and designed our government so that the
three branches would balance one another, restraining the expansion
of government power which always occurs at the expense of individual
freedom. That the federal judiciary is reining in the overreaching
of the executive branch is reassuring evidence, although narrowly
applied, that our system of government still works. But what if
one branch stops doing its part as Congress has been accused of
or worse, does more, as some suggest has been the recent history
of the U.S. Supreme Court? Within our system these scenarios require
the other branches to exert their influence to bring the whole
back in balance. Given time, democracy usually ensures they do.
Unfortunately, although they understood the inevitability
of governments unquenchable thirst for power, our founding fathers
never imagined that our political leaders would sacrifice our
national sovereignty to bypass the constitutional checks and balances
they designed. They believed as I do, that our citizens would
never allow that to happen. Thats a risk we assume though when
we elect people who aspire to a lifetime of wielding government
power. Do so and you can be sure that our constitutional safeguards
and our citizenry will be tested.
Scoffing at the law as a technical problem and twisting the
truth to serve their agenda is typical of the Clinton Administration
and their friends and is symptomatic of the pattern of abuse of
authority that has defined their tenure in office. This has been
our experience with wolf introduction, and such is the case with
global warming. The federal government says it has to be done.
Thats a lie. They say it wont hurt. Thats an even bigger lie.
The true story about global warming is found in the words
of Tim Wirth, undersecretary of state who, in 1990, when he was
a U.S. senator from Colorado, said, "Weve got to ride the global
warming issue. Even if the theory is wrong, we will be doing the
right thing in terms of economic policy." This is the modus operandi
of Bill Clintons administration.
Who cares about truth, justice and the American way? Ride
whatever nag will put you in the winners circle. Just dont forget,
the plan remains the same. Its the economy, stupid, and how it
can be dismantled. Redistribute wealth by consolidating power
in the federal bureaucracy using whatever tools are at hand, be
it the Endangered Species Act or the Global Climate Change Treaty.
Global warming doesnt sound like such a bad idea in January
in Montana, but then how hot we are isnt the point. All the talk
surrounding the December meeting in Kyoto, Japan leaves you with
the impression that the end of the world is near. Somebody stop
us. Were out of control.
Vice President Al Gore said we got "a good agreement" in
Kyoto. I dont know whats in the agreement but Ive read his
book. Most Americans would be shocked to find out what he thinks
is "good" for them. Cornell University political scientist Jeremy
Rabkin has been quoted as saying, "One way or another, the climate
control system means a global plan for reducing energy consumption
or, in other words, a scheme for rationing energy use."
Were certainly overheating but mostly from vice presidential
rhetoric. There is little science showing were in the kind of
trouble that justifies the several hundred billion dollar economic
dislocation being proposed which will fall disproportionately
on the heavily energy dependent among us like agriculture, automobile
manufacturers, and you and me.
Most of the debate now seems to be whether we should spread
the cost of the fix to all countries instead of just sticking
it to the U.S. of A. The more important question is whether we
even have a problem that needs fixing. We dont. But the reason
that this question isnt getting much press is because the ends
justified the means for the players at Kyoto. Just as we suggested
with the wolves, the prudent among us are asking that we wait
until we know the facts about global warming. But of course, as
Mr. Wirth told us, nobody in this administration or among their
supporters in the environmental movement really care whether the
earth is heating or cooling.
What the meeting in Japan was all about was?you guessed it?power.
Whos got it and who wants it! The U.S. is the most powerful nation
in the world. In a world where our own media constantly reminds
us that big denotes bad, the U.S. is the natural villain. Our
own president and vice president seem to be embarrassed and ashamed
by our warlike heritage and our unabashed economic success. Hence
they seek every opportunity to give up our national sovereignty
to world bureaucratic bodies like the United Nations, the World
Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the International
Monetary Fund and the World Bank, that they and our competitors
would invest with the authority to scold and punish us for our
faults and then redistribute our wealth to the sick, lame and
lazy nations who have suffered so from our overachievement. Question
this silly system and you get accused of belonging to the militia
just because you have the audacity to wonder why its mostly our
tax dollars paying for these outfits.
For an administration that has consistently sought to emasculate
the worlds most potent military force, destroying our ability
to feed, clothe and transport ourselves by taxing our energy use
to the breaking point, is just one more long stride in a steady
march toward a world where the poor will be kings and the rich
no more. This is a utopia promised by a communist ideal they esteemed
in their youth and secretly still admire but which the communists
themselves have deserted in an effort to emulate the American
The Senate must ratify a treaty to make it binding on U.S.
citizens. If the debate turns only on whether or not we spread
the pain to undeveloped countries, then were in trouble. That
means we will have accepted that something has to be done, that
pain has to be suffered to make the world well. We dont, of course.
We dont have to punish ourselves by depriving ourselves and the
global economy of the benefit of growth by restricting energy
use. If we do, we will turn the best of times into the worst.
Tie this anvil around the economic neck of the world and toss
it off a bridge and Asian flu will be long forgotten in the wake
of the economic black plague that follows.
It could bring on a world-wide depression that will make
the last one look like a tea party, bringing the U.S. of A. down,
along with the many nations of the world that are truly dependent
on our strength and leadership. Dont be surprised when were
told a compromise is necessary to protect us from global warming
and just a little sacrifice now is what we need. Thats the first
step down that long road of empowering those who want to protect
us from ourselves at the expense of those who are most productive
among us, especially those of us in agriculture whose miracle
of creativity based on individual freedom is where our true power
and greatness as a nation originally derived and is best sustained
Fortunately, our democratic form of government is designed
to protect us from this kind of tyranny. But its up to each of
us to make it work.
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Jake Cummins is executive vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau
Federation and a former Marine lieutenant colonel.