Opinion

As Congress bypassed, courts must check abuses

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Federal agencies are supposed to evaluate the potential effects of new rules before implementing them. But the Environmental Protection Agency, goaded on by President Barack Obama, has refused – not failed, in a passive sense, but actively refused – to consider the brutal impact its war on coal will have on tens of millions of Americans.

At the same time, Obama and the EPA have shut the legislative branch of government, Congress, out of the process of deciding environmental policy. Obama has said more than once that he will use executive orders to bypass Congress.

That leaves concerned Americans just a single, narrow avenue to protect ourselves against the higher electricity rates and devastation of entire states that are part and parcel of Obama’s war on coal.

This week, Murray Energy Corp. filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking to force the EPA to obey the law. Murray, based in Belmont County, is the nation’s fifth-largest coal producer.

Company officials had contacted the EPA previously, notifying the agency of an intention to sue over coal-related rules. EPA officials did not even provide the courtesy of a reply to the firm’s letter.

This is far from the first time the EPA has been sued over its war on coal and affordable electricity rates…

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