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Ethan Lane Predicts WOTUS Will Continue to be Debated as Administrations Come and Go

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:05:33 CST

Ethan Lane Predicts WOTUS Will Continue to be Debated as Administrations Come and Go Are you sick of hearing about Waters of the United States (WOTUS)? Buckle up because Ethan Lane, vice president of Government Affairs for the NCBA, told Ron Hays, senior director for Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, this is going to be an issue that will continue to change with each new administration.

“This is one of those pendulum issues; depending on who is in office, they will try to move it back this direction, and then we are going to see it swing back the other direction,” Lane said. “At the end of the day, somebody is going to craft a rule that is going to make it to the supreme court - where this thing started, and the new 6-3 court will have to examine it.”

Despite WOTUS being opened up for examination again, Lane said the Biden Administration has done a good job of trying to make sure agriculture has a seat at the table.

“They are holding roundtables; they are taking public opinion (polls); they are listening,” Lane said. “Do they agree with us? Probably not, but they also recognize, and have said so publicly, that we cannot go back to (the 2015 rule.)”

For agricultural organizations like the NCBA, Lane said there is an opportunity to help craft a rule that does not give expansive power to the federal government.

At the same time, it is common knowledge that the Biden Administration has big goals when it comes to the issue of climate. Lane said you can call him naive, but he feels comfortable with where the beef cattle industry stands among this uber green administration.

“When I look at the place we were in, as far as the target on our back when it came to grazing and cattle production during the Obama administration - just absolutely villainized,” Lane said. “Certainly, we are still seeing those stories … (but) the tone coming out of (this) administration … is good news.”

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more from Ron Hays and Ethan Lane as they talk about revisiting WOTUS and where the beef cattle industry stands with the current climate situation.

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