20 Apr '11, 5pm

Wetlands? What Wetlands?

Wetlands? What Wetlands?

The Environmental Protection Agency has become, for some of libertarian or Tea Party convictions, something of an embodiment of government run amok. Environmentalists see the agency, at its best, as the defender of people’s health and the environment’s welfare. It is instructive to see what happens when these two worldviews are superimposed on the construction of one single-family home that is either in (from the E.P.A’s point of view) or near (from the property owners’ perspective) wetlands in the woods of the Idaho panhandle. If the Pacific Legal Foundation , a libertarian-leaning property-rights group, has its way, the Supreme Court will have a chance to decide the issue. It has failed to persuade two courts already, but underestimating the Sacramento-based group is dangerous. It was instrumental in bringing to the Supreme Court a case that achieved a confusing result b...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/wetlands-what-w...

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