PLF attorney to present at Montana property rights conference

The Montana Property Rights Conference will take place next week, on August 14 and August 15, at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana.  As a keynote speaker, I will open the conference at 1:00 p.m. with a discussion of environmental … Continue reading

Just in time for summer beach reading: a tale of environmental-activist intrigue

Last week, I attended the news conference in DC at which Senator David Vitter (R-LA) released a minority staff report from the U.S. Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPWC) titled “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 18, 2014

Equality Under the Law Project — Implicit Bias Victory The Iowa Supreme Court today issued this unanimous opinion in Pippen v. State of Iowa, tossing out an “implicit bias” discrimination lawsuit against the State of Iowa. Under the theory of … Continue reading

Coal power plants and the ESA

Yesterday, EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed rule for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  The rule has already garnered much criticism from industry, in particular for its reliance on a variety of “outside the … Continue reading

D.C. Circuit deflates environmentalists’ attempt to create a “public trust” in the air

Last week, the D.C. Circuit issued a short unpublished decision in Alec L. v. EPA, beating back a strange attempt to assert a “public trust” in the air. As previously noted, the case was part of a concerted effort by … Continue reading

More EPA hokum

Hokum: (1) a device used (as by showmen) to evoke a desired audience response; (2) untrue words or ideas; (3) pretentious nonsense. We demonstrated in an earlier post how disingenuous the EPA Administrator was in claiming the EPA’s expansive new … Continue reading

EPA should “cool it” with its new cooling water intake rule

This week, EPA promulgated a new rule governing the construction and operation of cooling water intake structures that are used in connection with a number of industrial activities.  Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act directs EPA to publish standards … Continue reading

Does expanding the Clean Water Act make fiscal sense?

So argues former GOP representative Sherwood Boehlert in last week’s Roll Call.  Actually, Mr. Boehlert makes several arguments, not all fiscally based, to support EPA’s and the Corps’ proposal to assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction to every stream, and probably … Continue reading