Big Green activists and former federal bureaucrats who just can’t stop trying to regulate your life have become advisers at an ultraliberal law school that sues the government for not doing what its professors want. They are creating not the rule of law, but the rule of lawyers.
The litigious lodge is New York University Law School and its mean junkyard dog, the Institute for Policy Integrity, an adviser-ridden think tank with a cheeky name.
Most recently, this bastion of the dark arts announced it was preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to make the EPA ration how much fuel goes into the U.S. economy from refiners and fuel importers. The lawsuit will demand that the EPA “set up a cap-and-trade system for the transportation sector to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from fuels” — imposed on all the trains, planes and automobiles.
The U.S. Senate nixed a more comprehensive “cap-and-tax” scheme in 2009, but the IPI’s Big Green academic autocracy wants to govern through the backdoor using the court system. If you can’t beat ’em, sue ’em.
Big Green’s presence on the IPI’s 22-member advisory board is impressive: high-ranking officials of the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Resources for the Future and Union of Concerned Scientists. The combined assets of this bunch of BANANA groups (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) exceed $885 million.
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Ron Arnold.