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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Obama Goes After the Farmers

Farmers are now the bad guys.

President Obama’s administration last week claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority.

The New York Times had a wonderful take on the power grab, saying the move “opened up a broad new front for attacks from business interests like farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and golf course owners, who contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners’ rights.”

Those, according to the Times, are the demons: Developers, oil producers, pesticide makers. But farmers? Farmers?!

Mr. Obama said that “one in three Americans now gets drinking water from streams lacking clear protection, and businesses and industries that depend on clean water face uncertainty and delay, which costs our economy every day. Too many of our waters have been left vulnerable to pollution.”

“With today’s rule,” he said, “we take another step towards protecting the waters that belong to all of us.”

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Anonymous said...

I understand the property rights things and I get the opposition to this move. But we really need to realize as a species that we destroy everything with little thought of the long term. And I use "long term" loosely because that could mean different things to different people doing different things. We allow do much pollution into our water. I barely want to fish the Wicomico let alone drink from it.


If there is one thing that you should take away from this, its that we need water to survive and are destroying and wasting most of the readily available supply.

Anonymous said...

Above is an example of an environmental wacko with no facts, just emotion...

Do we really want these tree huggers to tell us what to do.. come on my property buddy and see what awaits your a....

Anonymous said...

Seems WE NEED OUR OWN HOPE AND CHANGE...know what I mean Vern?

Anonymous said...

What we need is not the EPA regulating puddles and drainage ditches but stopping the sewage treatment plants that dump waste by the ton into local streams and rivers. Is Salisbury listening? And what about the plant that wants to dump into the ocean instead of a stream that flows into the bay (Berlin?). Enforce the rules we have! Fines do nothing to help the environment.

Anonymous said...

without farms, there's NO FOOD!!!!