Czarp! Caricatured Invasive Species Now Has Caricatured White House Official to Fight It

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Sept. 9 2010 9:30 AM

Czarp! Caricatured Invasive Species Now Has Caricatured White House Official to Fight It

The "Asian carp,"  which is not really a species of fish, now has its very own "White House czar," which is not really a job title. John Goss, the director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, was named head of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. The Detroit Free Press wrote:

No other invasive species has its own White House-level director, the Obama administration said. There hasn't been such a concentrated effort to attack a species since 1955, when the binational Great Lakes Fishery Commission was set up to control sea lamprey.

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Again, the animals being referred to as Asian carp are not "a species," but at least two species, of different sizes and habits. The White House czars are likewise a grab-bag of executive appointments, lumped together in a made-up category for the sake of convincing people that they are proliferating out of control .

 

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

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