Saturday, March 18, 2006

Will These Activist Judges Never Stop?

Check out this story in today's NY Times.

It concerns a ruling by a federal appeals court against the E.P.A. (formerly, the Enviromental Protection Agency, now better referred to as Every Polluter Applauded).

The court disallowed a recent Bush Administration "regulation" that gave power plants and other spewers permission to avoid installing newer emissions controls. The court wrote, "[O]nly in a Humpty-Dumpty world" could anyone interpret the Clean Air Act the way that W and his cronies had.

"We decline such a world view," said the unanimous opinion.

The spin from the energy companies, according to the Times, boils down to support for this regulation because "it would help them expand energy supplies at lower cost to consumers." Given that the regulation was issued in 2003, I can only ask, how's that been working out?

By the way, one of the three judges on the court is Janice Rogers Brown. Yes, that Judge Brown.

You can read the full text of the opinion (PDF format), if you're interested in such things as an eight-page discussion about the definition of the word "any."

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