Posted 12 May 2015 - 05:40 AM
This stuff is so insulting to intelligence and humanity that naive little me is still shocked when I hear it. Back in the late 1990s certain powers in West Virginia pushed to pass and enact legislation that would have granted businesses freedom from having to report hazardous/damaging environmental conditions as long as they monitored themselves and addressed the problems. (An unfortunate little drinking water problem a little bit ago shows how well that would have worked...) It was a matter of pride for me that the citizens of the Mountain State stood up and shot that down. (Whether or not a similar notion was brought to bear in the 20 years since I was there, I do not know.)
The lawyer writing this editorial (I am glad to have them working for "us", but they are still promoting their own practice with this piece.) makes a good point at the beginning and at the end. First, that Wyoming isn't going to direct this at Project Feeder Watchers and other volunteer citizen scientists. Enforcement to that level is pointless to them, probably self-destructive to aim of the law, as it would rapidly increase attention. This is really directed at people with a little more knowledge and insight than the average Jane and Joe. Also, as presented, this law is unconstitutional; but as the lawyer intimates, unconstitutionality doesn't mean squat if the federal legislative branch doesn't want to do something about it.
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."