President Trump’s conservative-majority Supreme Court has dealt yet another massive blow on the side of freedom. In a 6-3 decision handed down on Thursday, the court slapped down a federal agency that has been the bane of the free market for decades: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This is the fourth major decision in a row that has curbed the power of The Swamp and given power back to the people and the private sector. His appointment of three Supreme Court judges is going to be Donald Trump’s legacy for many years to come if things continue in this direction.
The case that the court ruled on Thursday was West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case dates back to 2015 when the EPA under Barack Hussein Obama used portions of the Clean Air Act to try to implement portions of the Green New Deal. Only they weren’t calling it the Green New Deal back then. It was still just plain old “battling climate change.”
Unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, acting under Obama’s orders, tried to completely alter the energy sector of the US economy. The EPA kept setting more and more stringent air quality controls that coal-powered plants were forced to comply with – until coal plants were being driven out of business (which was always the point).
The reason why conservatives have hated the EPA for years is because it is the worst of the worst when it comes to the bureaucratic state. Federal agencies do not have authority to create laws, and yet that’s what they are essentially doing when they pass a regulation that the private sector is required to follow. The EPA has been the worst offender causing this problem for years. The EPA tried to force America’s most abundant and cheapest energy generating companies to meet requirements that would put them out of business.
Thankfully, the EPA has just been smacked down. Here’s what Chief Justice John Roberts said in the majority decision:
“It is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”
In other words, the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA don’t have the authority to issue regulations that completely rewrite our nation’s energy policies, or force companies to meet standards that were never set by Congress. If liberals want to completely overturn our energy-based economy by imposing “green” standards on the rest of us, they’re going to have to do it through an Act of Congress.
The Democrats might try to do that while they still have control of the House, the Senate and the White House. But remember, the court case in question here was West Virginia versus the EPA. And what was the name of that one Democrat Senator from West Virginia who still understands that we need coal plants to power our economy? Oh, right! That was Joe Manchin! So, any congressional attempts to kill coal are unlikely to succeed before the Red Wave this fall.
It’s really amazing to see what Donald Trump’s Supreme Court majority has done in these past few decisions. They affirmed your right to carry a concealed weapon without having to prove to the government that have a special need for it. You’re an American, so you can get a concealed carry license – period.
The court ruled that Roe v. Wade was a legal abomination and turned power over abortion back to the states. The court ruled that a football coach can walk out into the middle of an empty field all by himself and get down on one knee to say a prayer – even if (*gasp!*) a liberal sees him do it. And the court has now ruled that Executive branch agencies like the EPA do not have authority to craft laws.
In every single one of these cases, the court has taken power away from government. In the Roe v. Wade decision, the court even ruled that the Supreme Court itself is not powerful enough to create laws. They took power away from themselves! And in every single one of those cases, the court has given power back to the people.
We still have a long way to go to drain the swamp. But reining in the EPA’s monolithic power over the economy is a major first step.