Letter: States are not obligated to adhere to EPA rules
Once again, the American people are being told of phantoms that do not exist. Both President Obama and the EPA have presented a specious argument laden with lies and falsehoods in reference to the new emission rules. Yesterday the hobgoblin was terrorist threats to the nation; today it is climate change and that if the government does not act, the earth will burn up.
The president plans to act where the Congress has failed to take the initiative. In essence, Obama plans to circumvent the Constitution. It is not the responsibility or within the authority of the Congress to take up legislation on climate change. James Madison, the father of the Constitution, pointed out that the powers of the federal government are few and defined.
Contrary to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Clean Air Act, the states are not under any obligation to adhere to the EPA’s rules.
Under the original articles of the Constitution, the states did not grant any authority to the federal government to legislate in matters pertaining to the environment. The states reserved that power to themselves. But, more important, the Supreme Court does not have the authority to expand or determine the powers of the federal government as it is the creature of the states that created it.
The states are sovereign and therefore they are the final arbiter of the Constitution. It is time for the states to reassert their authority and strangle an out of control federal government.