Rule Five Federal Overreach Friday

The Imperial City, under the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, is planning another unconstitutional intrusion into state sovereignty and private property rights, called the 30×30 plan.

Liberty Matters News Service: Fifteen Governors signed a joint letter noticing President Biden that section 216 of the Climate Crisis Executive Order (14008), to conserve 30 percent of America’s lands by 2030, “infringes on the sovereignty of the states and rights of the citizens.”

Led by Nebraska’s Pete Rickets, who was the first Governor to oppose 30 x 30, the letter was signed by the Governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Representing both federal land and private land states, the Governors have united to defend State sovereignty and private property rights. They are heroes in this battle to push back the radical environmental agenda.

It is well worth your time to read the strong stand they have taken on our behalf, and make sure you thank them for doing so.

Here’s the letter.

A few tidbits from that letter, with my comments:

On January 27, 2021, your Administration issued Executive Order 14008 (“Order”), “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” (86 Fed. Reg. 7,619). Included at Section 216 of the Order, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and other senior officials, was directed to develop a program to conserve at least 30 percent of the lands and waters in the United States by 2030.

The undersigned are not aware of any constitutional or statutory authority for the President, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or any other federal agency to set aside and permanently conserve 30 percent of all land and water in the United States, and no authority is referenced in Executive Order 14008.

This is hardly new for the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, and to be fair, it’s nothing new for the last several Presidential administrations.  As far as the guy in the chair in the Imperial Mansion is concerned, the Constitution hasn’t existed for some time.

It’s also important to note that there is no statutory authority, either – not that the Constitution wouldn’t override that in any case – or even in the President’s own executive order.

The Order directs the Department of Interior to submit a report to the National Climate Task Force within 90 days, “recommending steps that the United States should take, working with State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, agricultural and forest landowners, fishermen, and other key stakeholders, to achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.”

I’m not a Governor of one of the states affected, of course, but if I were, I think my reply to the Imperial City would end with the words “…and the horse you rode in on.”

Congress determines land use policies for the federal lands, while states have sole regulatory authority to govern other lands within our states. Nowhere in the laws of our nation is the authority delegated by Congress to the President or executive agencies to unilaterally change the policies governing land use in America. Section 216 of the Order appears to be a clear overreach of executive authority, which infringes on the sovereignty of the states and rights of the citizens. We cannot and will not allow this to happen.

This is of particular concern here in the Great Land, since our state has – by quite a wide margin – more Imperially-owned and controlled land than any other state.

Just another day, just another Imperial power grab, and the really outrageous thing about all this is that it’s purely arbitrary and based on several faulty premises.

The letter concludes:

We encourage your Administration to focus on better management of the lands the federal government already controls and to be more proactive in working with states. States are not simply additional stakeholders to consult in your policy development; states are essential partners and the leaders in developing innovative policies that already appropriately conserve lands, waters, and wildlife for the American people.

To the undersigned, I can only say, “Don’t hold your breath.”  The Imperial City, of late, does what it wants, the Constitution and the states be damned.  They are under pressure from base elements in their party, primarily “environmental activists” who generally live in big cities and have very little experience with the actual environment.

It seems like lately, it’s another day, another outrage from Washington.