This morning, a slew of articles claiming that President Trump just threatened all the drinking water in the United States by removing “clean water” protections were splashed across various outlets. The freak-out is courtesy of the fact that the president just un-did a massive, overreaching policy orchestrated by the weaponized Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Barack Obama.
Some headlines include:
“Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections,” The New York Times
“Trump Poised To Roll Back Decades Of Clean Water Protections With New Rule” The Huffington Post
Americans should not buy into the hype, nor accept “lawyer” claims that the change “will be the biggest loss of clean water protection the country has ever seen.”
That’s not what President Trump has done.
In fact, all he has done is repeal an outrageously offensive attack on personal property and liberty.
By adding terms such as “adjacent waters” and “tributaries” to Clean Water Act coverage, the move empowered EPA officials to grab power over seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches and even “connective” dry lands that can turn into “shallow wetlands” when it rains.
As Ron Arnold of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise put it, it let the feds “control virtually anything that gets wet.”
That’s created massive uncertainty for farmers, ranchers, real-estate developers and pretty much anyone who owns more than an acre of land — because it’s been near-impossible to know if, say, the presence of a pond won’t bring the EPA down on you.
And the feds aren’t shy about imposing multimillion-dollar fines on farmers just for plowing fields that turn out to contain “seasonal wetlands.”
It’s been the subject of lawsuits from the start, with federal district courts across the nation stopping it from taking effect in roughly half the states. Even there, property owners have worried that the rule might eventually be upheld.
He added, “When President Trump took office he immediately set into motion a process to remove and replace regulations that were stifling economic development,” he said. “This climate of regulatory certainty is breathing new life into local economies around the country and today’s action is a perfect example.”
So, essentially, all the hysteria is based on the fact that the president has returned some rights to Americans… and leftists can’t have that.