Saturday, July 14, 2012

EPA: Constitutional Procedure what's that?

So the EPA is extending its powers once again:

The EPA, working through the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard, is set to begin enforcing a new rule on August 1st that will require all large marine vessels (like cargo and cruise ships) sailing in southern Alaska waters to use low-sulfur fuel. The EPA is justifying the regulation as an extension of an amendment to a treaty, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), that Hillary Clinton accepted in 2010. The problem is that our Senate has yet to ratify that particular amendment — but when have such minute legal particulars ever bothered the EPA?

There you have it. Once again our political masters and their bureaucratic underlings don't even bother with the procedures.

I'm reminded of Thursday's Squirrel Report, when the UN Arms Treaty was compared to the Kyoto Treaty. Sure Kyoto was shot down 99 to 0 but that didn't stop the feds.

So now we have another data point.

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