[Ed. – Mouse that roared.]
The shale revolution in the Permian Basin of far west Texas is breaking record after record for oil and gas output. The Permian’s energy breakthrough in shale is right now transforming global energy markets and fueling economic growth in the United States. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s beginning to lessen the dependence of not just the U.S., but also our allies, who have for too long been held economic hostage by countries that don’t share our values or are even openly hostile to us.
It is also the centerpiece of President Trump’s agenda to stimulate economic growth by embracing our prodigious shale resources, unleashing productivity not only in the upstream oil and gas industries but across the national economy. …
Yet a small lizard, known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, in the Permian region of Texas and southeastern New Mexico could quash the shale revolution, and all the economic and national security benefits that come with it, if the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decides to list the lizard under the federal Endangered Species Act.