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We’re here to help you: The head of the Interior Department has ordered the shutdown of a century-old California oyster company.
Two key quotes from the article illustrate the foolishness and oppressive nature of this decision:
There were still unanswered questions as Lunny, his son, Sean, and daughter, Brigid, tried to comfort longtime customers. One was what Lunny is expected to do with the millions of oysters that are still in plastic grow bags in the bay, many of which won’t reach market size for another two years. The order requires him to immediately begin bringing them onshore. “We’ve got 5 to 10 million juvenile oysters out there,” Lunny said. “So what do we do with these oysters, just kill them all? That would be forcing us to destroy the entire inventory, which has incredible financial consequences.”
So, in order to save the environment Salazar requires these oyster farmers to destroy it.
Park officials had long contended that the oyster company was harming the ecosystem, but Lunny’s supporters accused them of selectively presenting information, misrepresenting facts and essentially fudging data in an effort to oust the oyster company. The complaints gained momentum when the National Academy of Sciences, and the Interior Department’s office of the solicitor found major flaws in Park Service reports, including what they termed mistake-ridden and, in some cases, biased work by park scientists.
Meanwhile, the destruction of these oysters and the jobs of the people who work for this company is based on lies.
Doesn’t it just warm your heart how much good the Obama administration is doing for us?