FINALLY: Judge Takes Chainsaw To Obama’s Prized Accomplishment
The only thing that it seems you could count on the Obama Administration for is that they would start something that would eventually fall apart so bad that it wasn’t even funny.
There were a lot of agencies and departments in the Obama Admin. that were absolutely off the rails. If there is one thing the Obama Admin. will be remembered for it’s scandals and Obama’s EPA was a perfect example of that.
Not only was the EPA corrupt but they were also incredibly bold and overreaching.
Obama’s EPA was constantly getting rebuked by judges and constantly pushing the envelope and seeing what they could get away with.
Scott Pruitt has been doing a great job cleaning things up at the EPA but it’s going to take time to completely erase Obama’s disastrous environmental legacy.
Late Friday, another layer of that failed legacy was peeled away by a federal judge.
From The Daily Caller: A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to 11 more states against former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule Friday, Politico reported.
A federal judge in North Dakota exempted 13 other states from the rule in 2015 after the rule was finalized. Friday’s wave of injunctions, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of Georgia’s Southern District, symbolizes the growing opposition to the rule.
“The WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in a June 2017 statement. “The federal government exceeded its statutory authority by attempting to regulate areas that Congress never intended to be under federal jurisdiction, and directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own natural resources.”
WOTUS was a power grab. Plain and simple.
From National Review: WOTUS derives from wording in the 1972 Clean Water Act that states that the federal government has jurisdiction over navigable waters, which are further defined as the “waters of the United States, including the territorial seas.”
Over many years, EPA rule-making expanded its definition of WOTUS far beyond anything a riverboat could navigate, to rivulets, ditches, and potholes. Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 drew limits on the Clean Water Act’s WOTUS.
In the 2006 decision, Justice Kennedy had introduced a “significant nexus” test to assess whether specific wetlands should be defined as part of WOTUS if they were linked ecologically or in some other significant way to a stretch of navigable water. Where Justice Kennedy offered a gap an inch wide, EPA widened it by a mile. It took the significant-nexus test and used it to reach wet patches anywhere, in a revised rule that has prompted multiple legal and political challenges. Just last month, President Obama vetoed a congressional joint resolution (S.J.Res. 22) disapproving of the rule.