The Biden administration appears to be comprised of people working from a default expectation that they and their agenda is always the right path forward, and criticism of that path — even when that criticism comes from a judge Biden himself appointed — is ‘a step backward’.
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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson could be described with a wide variety of adjectives, but conservative stalwart is not one of them. The same might be said about Obama’s two nominees.
But rather than accept the fact that maybe — just maybe — the EPA might have stepped beyond its lawful role in government and infringed on the property rights of lawful citizens, Biden’s Press Secretary lambasted the ruling itself as ‘taking the country backward’. You can see her response in the video.
But it wasn’t just KJP.
Schumer blasted the ‘MAGA’ court, too. (And people wonder why the right accuses Democrats of softening the public up for a future attempt to pack the court, for which Adam Schiff, among others, is now openly advocating.)
Here’s a little about the ruling they found so ‘offensive’:
The decision by the court was 9-0 in favor of the plaintiffs, Michael and Chantell Sackett, who were blocked by the EPA from building a home on their property near a wetland, according to Fox News.
“However, the court split 5-4 in its analysis of how the federal government should define a water source under the Clean Air Act,” according to the outlet.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 split, stating that the Clean Water Act only regulates wetlands that have a “continuous surface connection” to larger bodies of water that are regulated. The Idaho couple do not have such a connection on their property. –Just The News
Here’s Schumer’s response:
“This MAGA Supreme Court is continuing to erode our country’s environmental laws,” Schumer tweeted after the opinion was released. “Make no mistake – this ruling will mean more polluted water, and more destruction of wetlands.” –FoxNews
Fox gave some clarification about the central point of dispute:
“The EPA ordered the Sacketts to restore the site, threatening penalties of over $40,000 per day,” Alito’s majority opinion stated. “The EPA classified the wetlands on the Sacketts’ lot as ‘waters of the United States’ because they were near a ditch that fed into a creek, which fed into Priest Lake, a navigable, intrastate lake. The Sacketts sued, alleging that their property was not ‘waters of the United States.'” — FoxNews
Schumer is actually telling us with a straight face that we need the help of EPA to keep our water supply, our wetlands, and our waterways safe.
He must think we’ve already forgotten what happened with the EPA the LAST time Biden was in the White House:
The 2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill was an environmental disaster that began at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) personnel, along with workers for Environmental Restoration LLC (a Missouri company under EPA contract to mitigate pollutants from the closed mine), caused the release of toxic waste water into the Animas River watershed. –WIKI
We are supposed to trust the government to be the great defenders of our waterways…
In one of its final moves before President Obama leaves office, the Environmental Protection Agency refused to pay 73 claims totaling $1.2 billion filed by tribes, farmers, river-rafters and local governments from the August 2015 wastewater spill, citing sovereign immunity under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). –Washington Times
Surely the residents of Flint, Michigan and (more recently) East Palestine, Ohio will rush to Senator Schumer’s side and agree that the Federal government has been doing a wonderful job of keeping our waterways clean.