Tiny Lizard the Latest Texas-Federal Dispute

The latest fight between the feds and Texas is over a brown, beady-eyed, two-and-a-half-inch lizard.

West Texas lawmakers are worried that a federal proposal to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard could halt the production of millions of barrels of oil and gas. The Texas House this morning approved a resolution calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rescind its proposal to bring the lizard under the Endangered Species Act.

"It is a multibillion-dollar issue for the economy of this state," said Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, who wrote the resolution.

The tiny lizard has been causing consternation among ...

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