Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Judge Rules No Christmas Tree For The Capitol

Yes, I took a bit of liberty with the title, but the result of this judge's ruling does validate the title. Here's the effect of judicial activism to favor enviromental wacko's. This is asininity personified.

Judge James K. Singleton of the Eastern District Court of California ruled in July against a project to remove charred and damaged trees, which could kindle a future fire, in the Sequoia National Forest. The court said last month in a follow-up ruling that its decision in Earth Island Institute v. Ruthenbeck applies nationwide, rather than just to the local dispute.

So ONE district court judge was able to put the Forest Service on hold indefinitely. How can a district court judge rule for the entire country?
Here's what is affected from this ruling:
Court documents and Forest Service memos show that the permits immediately suspended include hundreds of projects nationwide for fire prevention on tens of thousands of acres; nearly 100 guide permits for hunting, fishing, horseback riding and fishing; 150 wildlife habitat projects; 165 permits to maintain camp grounds and trails; 15 ski area projects that may shut down the upcoming ski season in some areas; and 40 permits for family reunions and Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities. Under the new requirement of public notices, comment periods and appeals, the tree selected from a New Mexico forest for this year's Christmas display on the Capitol lawn would arrive around Valentine's Day.

Forest Service, bowing to court, embraces Scrooge-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

But then if anyone watched some of the House debate last week on trying to loosen up restrictions on environmental strangleholds on endangered species and refineries this shouldn't be a surprise. The wailing and gnashing of teeth by some of the Democrats was hysterical. I mean they were acting hysterical. The point some Republican Representatives are trying to accomplish is for new smaller regional refineries to be built so if one region is hit by a disaster the rest of the country isn't hamstrung by having to import all refined gasoline which significantly increases the cost per gallon. But oh no, that would be a horrible idea.

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