Alan Wilson Rebukes Barack Obama’s Latest Power Grab

SC ATTORNEY GENERAL OPPOSES EPA’S “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES” RULE || By FITSNEWS || S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson has joined a multi-state effort aimed at undoing yet another overreach on the part of the administration of Barack Obama. Wilson and the attorneys general of several other states are…


|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson has joined a multi-state effort aimed at undoing yet another overreach on the part of the administration of Barack Obama.

Wilson and the attorneys general of several other states are challenging the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule – which Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to implement in an effort to dramatically extend its regulatory authority over private property.

According to Wilson, the rule “unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.”

He’s correct.  In fact the U.S. Supreme Court (before it started lurching left in an effort to accommodate Obama) agreed.  Twice.

“The Supreme Court has twice struck down agency attempts to do precisely this,” Rick Manning – president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) – said last month when the proposed rule was announced. ” “This is just the latest dictate from an agency that simply does whatever it pleases.  Now it will once again be up to federal courts to safeguard the rule of law and protect all Americans from a regulatory regime so severe it will claim dominion over every puddle on their properties and threaten the viability of U.S. agriculture.”

According to Wilson, the EPA’s latest attempted overreach would carry a high financial cost for Palmetto State businesses.

“The results of this rule will carry a tremendous cost to our state, our economy, and our families,” he said in a statement.  “Road project mitigation costs alone could range from $180,000 to $2.8 million or fines of $37,000 per day. The EPA’s proposed expansion would bring many roadside ditches, small ponds on family farms, water features on golf courses, and storm water systems under extremely burdensome federal regulation. We need more reliable, affordable energy options, not less reliable and more costly ones.”

We concur …

Obama’s rule would carry with it with all sorts of unintended consequences … or, “intended consequences” based on this administration’s track record.  Seriously: Is there a power grab Obama hasn’t attempted?

Of course with “Republicans” in Congress and now the “conservative” Supreme Court along for the ride … who’s going to stop him?

Wilson’s complaint was filed June 30, 2015 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.  Joining him in this specific challenge were the attorneys general of West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Wisconsin.  Similar complaints were filed the previous day in federal courts in Bismarck, N.D., Columbus, Ohio and Houston, Texas involving eighteen other states challenging the same rule.

That’s twenty-seven states by our count …

Good for Wilson and his fellow attorneys general.  We support their efforts to rebuke Obama’s overreach, but with Congress and the federal courts firmly in his back pocket … we wonder what their diligence on behalf of private citizens will ultimately amount to.


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Jane June 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Just more rubber stamping the work of others to impress the SC political base.

Torch June 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Wilson would sell the Saluda River to a coal company to dump coal ash into if he could make a buck.

Something in the Water June 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

But coal ash adds flavor to water. You know what it tastes like? Freedom. Drink up!

9" June 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

It’s already been on most endangered rivers in the US list.It used to be a great place to fish.Add some coal ash,and you can walk on water.
It’s not Obama’s EPA.It’s Richard Nixon’s.

Something in the Water June 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm

This is a special kind of stupidity from our beloved AG, one has to wonder what’s in the water that Alan doesn’t want gone. My money’s on lead.

Rocky June 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Is Daddy retiring or something. Seems like ole Allen is gigging for the next job.

erneba June 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Unelected bureaucrats in the IRS vastly overreached their authority with their politically inspired crackdown on conservative groups. This is just one example of what could happen when Federal agencies are given an ever increasing role based on Executive “rules” as opposed to “laws” passed by the Congress.
From what I have read, these regulatory reaches over local streams, lands, and farms will have a tough time passing the “smell test” in the Federal Court system.
A massive new set of rules to this agency should come down in the form of Federal law, passed by the Congress. Grabbing control over these lands with rules written in the EPA and/or the White House is not the way to run a country.

9" June 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Smell test? You mean the smell of sewage shit?

nitrat June 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

We need to change the job description of SCAG so as to make the main function rooting out corruption amongst politicians and agencies, bringing charges, convicting them and sending them to prison.
Anything to keep this idiot busy with something other than frivolous law suits at taxpayer expense.
Now, there’s a story waiting to be told – how much money have Red states spent suing Obama since 2009 and to what effect?

Bible Thumper June 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

As of a year ago, the Obama administration has lost 20 Supreme Court decisions. But that only counts unanimous decisions and does not count loses the SCOTUS decided not to review or any in the last year.

Bible Thumper June 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Hey! That puddle may not be navigable waters now, but before it rained and before when it evaporated, it might have been navigable waters.

Alice June 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Alan, how about get involved here in SC. Oh, I forgot, that might piss SC voters off.

LettaMego November 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

interests have allies in government and own the media..
and are blasting out insane propaganda day and night.
The truth is, if we cleaned up our water supply of the worst of the 80,000 or so pollutants.. our IQs would stop falling…our life spans would stop shortening… and half the sickness in the USA would disappear.
(the poisons in the water are taken up in plants .. it poisons our food… not just the water)
It’s unfortunate for the population of the USA that a
combination of powerful, well-focused pressures by special industrialized
interests, together with public inattention/ignorance and the indifference of the
scientific community have us allowing ourselves to be poisoned into a nation of cretins. We’re so demented we fall for this stupid propaganda saying we have a right to poison the water…. and thus our food… and thus our soil… and thus our air… One pollutant, perchlorate aka rocket fuel, displaces iodine in the thyroid gland…. thus causing obesity and mental deterioration… fatigue, inability to tolerate cool temperatures, and muscle and bone pain…. and breast cancers. ?With our decades of never ending war and war machine products we’ve contaminated most of North America.


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