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How green groups use the judiciary to force the exec to bypass the legislature

June 19, 2013

Coral Davenport at the National Journal describes how a new and effective tactic designed to force environmental policy through the system works.  Frustrated by the slow pace of policy innovation through normal legislative channels, environmental groups (encouraged by the Obama administration) have hit upon the tactic of suing the EPA to force the issuance of new regulations.  Those most effected by such regulations think this is dirty pool, that the greens have hijacked what is intended to be the slow, deliberative process of government.  Friends and allies of the enviros, on the other hand, applaud what they see as an effective, citizen-led tactic.  It all depends on whose ox is being gored, I suppose, and someday when the shoe is on the other foot, the applause and complaints will likely be reversed.

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