EPA: Do Your Job!
A Federal Appeals Court has told the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job. In other words a government organization called the Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to, well, protect the environment.
Fourteen states filed a lawsuit to prevent the EPA from loosening air pollution restrictions. And now the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in their favor, saying the EPA’s new rules would violate the Clean Air Act.
It’s kind of sad when an agency with “Environmental Protection” in its name has to be told to protect the environment. Thank God for “activist” judges.
The suit was led by New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer. He said “This is an enormous victory for clean air and for the enforcement of the law and an overwhelming rejection of the Bush administration’s efforts to gut the law. It is a rejection of a flawed policy.”
A spokeswoman for the American Lung Association said “Today's victory means that thousands of Americans will not have their lives cut short because of the pollution that would have blown through this huge loophole.”
Former EPA Administrator Christie Whitman said that she was against the rule when she was in office. She said “I must say that I’m glad they weren’t able to finish the work until after I was home in New Jersey.”
This plan for gutting air pollution regulations was originated by Dick “Fuck Yourself or I’ll shoot you in the face” Cheney. It was one of the ideas that came out of his Top Secret energy task force meetings.