Strange words coming out of the junior Senator in Madison this week.
Hearings were held about the Butler's garter snake and, as you can note from some of the comments we've had posted here, a lot of snake experts from around the state (and country now) want to know:
"What the heck is up with this Glenn Grothman guy?"
Apparently during the hearings Glenn was consistently sarcastic and snide about the use of "scientific evidence" to make decisions about wildlife management, and why experts mattered when it came to making decisions like whether a species is "threatened" or not -- which is, for starters, bad manners. And apparently he kept asserting that he didn't believe the snake was rare enough to be threatened.
Unfortunately the DNR cannot enforce the law based on Glenn's beliefs, and neither should they.
Strangest of all, he repeatedly asked the DNR representative "What gives you the authority to tell people what they can do on their land?"
This is strange, of course, because Glenn gives the DNR the authority to tell people what they can do on their land -- the Legislature does. In fact, technically, the DNR doesn't so much "have" the authority to enforce state and federal laws... it "is" the authority.
And the DNR has a choice: they can enforce our environmental laws based on science or based on what Glenn believes.
I'm still okay with the DNR using science, even when it inconveniences Glenn's friends.
[this is starting to make me dizzy. anybody else?]
28 September 2006