Alaska sues the Obama regime over new costly shipping regulations illegally implemented by the EPA
Beginning on August 1st the EPA has ordered Alaska to start using a low sulfur fuel in all her large marine vessels. Meeting this new regulation would be costly and naturally that means the price of all goods transported by ship from Alaska would necessarily skyrocket.
The Alaska Department of Law said in a statement that the low-sulfur-fuel requirement would be costly, jacking up prices for products shipped by marine vessel and harming Alaska’s cruise industry.
“Alaska relies heavily on maritime traffic, both for goods shipped to and from the state, and for the cruise ship passengers who support thousands of Alaskan jobs
The EPA is using an amendment to the MARPOL treaty as justification for this new order, but there is just one little problem with this. The amendment was signed onto by Hillary Clinton in 2010 but it still has not been ratified by the Congress so this is still not the law of the land and cannot be enforced.
Alaska is suing the EPA and the Department of Homeland Security to block the EPA from implementing this regulation pending the outcome of a vote in the Congress. It has been two years since Hillary Clinton agreed to the amendment and it still hasn’t been voted on; this tells me there is not enough support to gain the two-thirds majority needed to pass the amendment and the Obama regime simply felt as if they could slip this through without notice to avoid a confrontation with the Congress over an upopular amendment to an existing treaty.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Obama regime has snuck around both the constitution and the Congress to implement his policies, and it isn’t even the first time he has used the EPA to accomplish goals which he couldn’t get through the Congress, and it seems as if he is getting bolder with every action he takes because of the unwillingness of the Congress to take him to task on these issues.