Everyone has been following the tribulations of Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy, with horror, disbelief and heightened disgust (if that’s possible) with the Left’s hijacking of the government. Hundreds of protestors willing to brave BLM threats such as take “one more step and you’re dead,” steadfastly marched on government positions and took back Mr. Bundy’s cattle unharmed. But why was a government agency suddenly so quick to back down? A highly publicized, dramatic stand-off against an American citizen hadn’t fazed them before. It appears that Harry Reid and his Chinese connections might hold the key.
The BLM seized Bundy’s livestock, threatened at gunpoint, tasered, beat pregnant women and arrested people expressing their protest of government incursion against Bundy. “First Amendment areas” were even set up in order to cordon off protests. All, supposedly, in the name of protecting the Desert Tortoise. The problem with that fiction, however, is that in 2013 the Huffington Post reported that our self-same government was engaging in the wholesale obliteration of the Desert Tortoise: “…the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it…officials plan to close the (preserve) and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.”
This fact was once again brought to light by Western Journalism on Friday: “Officially, the federal agency has suggested they are only after Bundy because his cattle are a threat to an endangered species of tortoise. That narrative, however, fell apart…when it was revealed the agency itself has engaged in the widespread slaughter of the animal.”
Cows don’t endanger tortoises. Cows endanger solar energy plants. Federal impact studies agreed: “…the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and…those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle.” Aha. The feds, seeking to capitalize on the success California’s PC charade, ruining farmers in favor of the Delta smelt, were going to support their desperate, endangered tortoise-scenario in an effort to make Chinese-owned, green-energy investments in Nevada a reality; until a more likely and far more appalling motive came to light, that is.