Beneath the foisted layers of the Obama administration, where the President feverishly propagated an ambiguously gray and convoluted onion of conjecture and confusion, the icon for the retraction of freedoms and property rights came in the form of an unfortunate critter, which may or may not was beguiled by the charms of Miss Piggy. With Jim Henson and the remaining Muppets crew lurking sketchily in the shadows of the periphery, the grand stage was illuminated for the frog formerly known as the Mississippi Dusky gopher frog, the amphibian representing everything that is wrong with bureaucracy in a saga that featured a Netflix-style magnitude of theatrics and drama and completely incongruent to the concepts of reason or efficiency.
In the instant aftermath of Trump’s defeat, Biden and his collection of lackeys raced to revive elements of the Environmental Protection Act bolstered under Obama and effectively rescinded after 2016, including an attempt to reverse noxious legislation surrounding the (Mississippi) Dusky Gopher frog. The aggressive orgy of restoring policy, opened up the floodgates for Eminent Domain, and a vast land grabbing scheme implemented to corrode the rights of private property owners.
The ill-fated frog scandal prompted a court case pitting a four-generation Louisiana logging operation against the fed’s ubiquitous claim that the logger’s property was a proxy habitat for the aforementioned Kermit, conveniently listed by the EPA as “threatened”. The arguments ascended like the collective ego of “The View” rocketing up into low earth orbit and reached the Supreme Court with the justices unanimously ruling 8-0 that a pair of decisions favoring the federal organ at the Circuit court level should be thrown out. With the highest court’s interpretation that the establishment of a critical habitat designation and procedure within the context of the EPA does not align with the Constitution, and essentially ruling in favor of the logging family and for universal private property owners, citizens clearly dodged a bullet primed by bureaucrats blatantly politicizing science. Most recently, the leadership in the state of Virginia detached themselves from a potential landmark case pitting the coal industry against the feds in another brazen example of politicians exploiting and perverting research to forward an agenda in the absence of common sense.
Disturbingly, the sordid tactics utilized by the EPA in catering to the ominous and insatiably naive tendrils of the environmental movement, involves power plant regulations that are not yet in existence. The audacity of the organization to attempt to hinder fossil fuel generated energy concerns in the absence of tangible legislation emphatically was defeated at the Federal court level, as the state of West Virginia sued the feds, a decision that was appealed by the EPA and kicked up the ladder to the Supreme court for deliberation. In similar beyond cagey and cryptic pretenses, the identifier “Mississippi” was deliberately and egregiously purposely omitted from “Dusky gopher frog”, in a pathetic attempt to use a poorly constructed mandate to halt a logging operation, and gain street cred with extremist environmental organizations. Currying favor and acting as a bribing influence supporting a despicable ulterior motive of hijacking science to institute control is sadly becoming the standard in big government.
With the January 2022 shift in Virginia from Democratic to Republican leadership, incoming Attorney General Jason Miyares swiftly removed the state from a list of entities siding with the EPA legal appeal, citing concerns that the agency’s forthcoming policies would be detrimental to regional coal and mining industries. The feds have threatened to invoke sweeping measures targeting fossil fuels and emission under the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), pasting together a patchwork of highly restrictive ideas spawned during the height of the Obama tenure in merging impossible timelines with complaints from radicals, and thus illegally unleashing unconstitutional regulations based on ideology, and not on empirical evidence or truth.
Fortunately, Miyares circumvented the insanity of visceral conformity by embracing the importance of coal to the state’s economy and legacy. The lawmaker individually proved the axiom of just how crucial state and local elections are to the future of the republic. However, the brooding clouds on the horizon cast by the feds wishing to hamper the prospecting and processing of natural resources in exchange for political gains is an unsettling reality in the perpetual struggle to protect both the economy and private property rights from the detrimental effects of government.
While selected politicians on both sides of the aisle are not above corruption in conflating non-linear ideas or concepts through drafting or endorsing legislation that caters to rhetoric, rather than providing a viable solution at the expense of fundamental liberties, the lingering stain of junk science from the environmental movement morphed into policy will forever tax the resources of the nation. The biting irony and legacy of first generation climate activists coercing elected officials into executing poor and short-sighted choices, is that the forthcoming horrific financial considerations in undoing the legal damage leading to a profound environmental impact that outweighs any moral victory claimed by dissidents.
With two high profile environmental cases in three years heard by the highest court, emotionally incited codification derived from a totalitarian blueprint aimed at private property continues to exist as a persistent menace affecting sensible Americans. One person’s backyard mud puddle is an agency’s wetland, and the dizzying repetitive narrative rarely has an uplifting ending.
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