23rd December 2012
In the late 1980’s, 140 sea otters were transported from Monterey Bay to San Nicolas Island because there was concern that if there were an oil spill, the otters would be wiped out. Meanwhile, the government promised fishermen that areas south of Point Conception would be otter-free. But the plan didn’t work because the otters simply swam back to Southern California.
A rather stark reminder that just because the Federal government has a program doesn’t mean that anything useful will get done; it does guarantee that your money will be spent, however.