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Obama executive order expedites dredging of Charleston and other eastern ports

So, why not expedite Keystone Pipeline and stop closing coal power plants?

Georgians, South Carolinians and their respective Republican governors got early Christmas presents from an unlikely Democratic Party source last week when President Barack Obama agreed to waive further application of federal environmental rules in order to expedite the dredging of several U.S. ports, including those at Savannah and Charleston, S.C.

The dredging is needed so that the larger ships that will soon be able to traverse an expanded Panama Canal can dock in U.S. ports that are presently too shallow. The President’s executive order under the “We Can’t Wait” program, also authorized expedited action on ports in Jacksonville, Fla., Miami, New York and New Jersey.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was widely criticized by prominent officials of both parties in her state for her very public assistance rendered in support of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s push for federal assistance in readying the Port of Savannah.  Today, she is being hailed for her tenacious lobbying of the Obama administration and the President himself on several occasions.

Unlike some previous executive orders addressing  immigration law and mandated contraception and morning after abortion pill health insurance coverage mandates under Obamacare, President Obama appears on solid ground this time, given waiver provisions of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts and executive discretion allowed under other vague provisions of the environmental laws.

Agnes Scott College grad and G. Sand’s fellow Sandlapper, South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal gave some hope to environmentalist groups trying to halt the port dredgings in federal courts when she chastised the Palmetto State’s Department of Health and Environmental Control for waiving state regulations. The (Macon) Telegraph reports that:

“Chief Justice Jean Toal said during a Supreme Court hearing that DHEC broke state law when it left the commission out of dredging negotiations and ‘rubber stamped’ an agreement with Georgia officials. DHEC staff had initially turned down the water quality permit, but the agency reversed itself after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal flew to Columbia to meet with Gov. Nikki Haley, who appoints members of the DHEC board.”

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel is being asked by several environmental groups to legal environmental requirements under South Carolina law, but in all likelihood President Obama’s actions will likely be affirmed under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
[Originally published in the Atlanta a:Times News by G. Sand Lapper]

Mike DeVine

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

Editor of  Hillbilly Politics and Co-Founder and Editor of Political Daily

Charlotte Observer and Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-eds archived at Townhall.com.

Mike gamecock DeVine
A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of HillbillyPolitics.com since 2009. www.devinelawvista.com

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    •  I am curious about the timing… If the Red Dawn scenario is to help Obambi get re-elected, it would seem that it couldn’t be done in time. Perhaps it is for a  post-election Red Dawn scenario, such as preemptive riot control in southern Red States, stocking up of re-education camps with recalcitrant citizens, stationing of “Blue Helmets” in selected cites, and other such things… assuming he is crowned for another (longer?) term.

      • I’ll keep saying it until I’m no longer able:  Think ‘big picture’…… No…… Bigger…… NO…… BIGGER.

        Please stop with the “he”, “him”, ‘Obama this’ and ‘Obama that’.

        He’s not alone, there are hundreds of thousands of ‘him’, almost all of them in the shadows, decades of planning and ‘nudging’ have gotten them to this point, ready to move.

        The elections here in November are just another vehicle.

        Think ‘BIGGER’.

        T H I N K.

        Go way outside the box or anything you’re constrained within regarding pure evil taking over a nation.

        They have help.

        Lots of it.

        Enough to cover every single typical bitter clinger.

        • I agree with all you have said but am curious to hear your opinion as to the source(s) of said “help”. Are we talking the Russians, the Islamists, David Rockefeller and all his despicable buddies?  All of the above?  If all of the above, which group do you think is leading this parade of evil incarnate? 

  1. I don’t get it. What is anti-environmental about dredging? Seems like a normal thing to do, to keep the ports functional, etc. Port cities would dry up and blow away if the port is not maintained… Oh… maybe I just answered my own question…

    It’s pathetic that our own government views us as a captive enemy, to be kept under very close control and supervision.

    Nice summary of the issues Mike!

    •  I am curious about the timing… If the Red Dawn scenario is to help Obambi get re-elected, it would seem that it couldn’t be done in time. Perhaps it is for a  post-election Red Dawn scenario, such as preemptive riot control in southern Red States, stocking up of re-education camps with recalcitrant citizens, stationing of “Blue Helmets” in selected cites, and other such things… assuming he is crowned for another (longer?) term.

      • I’ll keep saying it until I’m no longer able:  Think ‘big picture’…… No…… Bigger…… NO…… BIGGER.

        Please stop with the “he”, “him”, ‘Obama this’ and ‘Obama that’.

        He’s not alone, there are hundreds of thousands of ‘him’, almost all of them in the shadows, decades of planning and ‘nudging’ have gotten them to this point, ready to move.

        The elections here in November are just another vehicle.

        Think ‘BIGGER’.

        T H I N K.

        Go way outside the box or anything you’re constrained within regarding pure evil taking over a nation.

        They have help.

        Lots of it.

        Enough to cover every single typical bitter clinger.

        • I agree with all you have said but am curious to hear your opinion as to the source(s) of said “help”. Are we talking the Russians, the Islamists, David Rockefeller and all his despicable buddies?  All of the above?  If all of the above, which group do you think is leading this parade of evil incarnate? 

  1. I don’t get it. What is anti-environmental about dredging? Seems like a normal thing to do, to keep the ports functional, etc. Port cities would dry up and blow away if the port is not maintained… Oh… maybe I just answered my own question…

    It’s pathetic that our own government views us as a captive enemy, to be kept under very close control and supervision.

    Nice summary of the issues Mike!

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