Palco Suit Thrown Out?
Well, well...looks like the judge in the lawsuit against Pacific Lumber Company threw the case out. I'm kinda glad to see that but have some mixed feelings. I wonder if the D.A. will appeal?
That's not to say that a Libertarian would necessarily oppose such a lawsuit. Libertarians should oppose fraud by business as well as individuals. But, the environmental lobby has been discredited over the years, in my eyes, by throwing out too many "The Sky Is Falling" stories that I'm skeptical whenever they come up with another one- Global Warming supposedly caused my human activity being an example. But, I digress.
I don't know if Palco fudged the reports to get their logging plans approved or not. I certainly wouldn't blame them if they did since California has some of the toughest, if not the toughest, logging regulations on the planet. If they wrote a completely objective report on what affects their logging might have on the watersheds and forest lands, they probably wouldn't get it approved. Can't hardly blame someone for a little "creative writing" to paraphrase a law enforcement term.
Some would deny that our regulations are so strict but California, being at least one state that imports the majority of its lumber, certainly must be since we buy so much lumber from other states and countries that don't have such strict regulation. It would probably be better, assuming such strict regulation is needed, to loosen up and have that lumber harvested here, where there is some consideration given to environmental issues, rather than keep importing from other places where there such consideration might not be given.
No comments yet from D.A. Gallegos. Be interesting to see what he has to say.