This is for you people who say you are FOR states rights, FOR the rule of law, and AGAINST “activist judges.” The Trump SCOTUS just acted against everything you SAY you stand for.
In 2020 Trump ordered a change in the interpretation of the Clean Water Act that for FIFTY YEARS had allowed states and other affected entities to be involved in the process of permitting pipelines, coal terminals and other facilities affecting waterways and wetlands. In response to a lawsuit by twenty-four states, various environmental groups, and tribes a Federal Court vacated the Trump order. Industry groups and eight GOP states immediately appealed. Without that appeal being resolved and without ANY argument or reason the Court voted 5-4 to vacate the initial court ruling and restore Trump’s usurpation of states rights to protect their own wetlands.
This decision was such a clear abuse of the process that Chief Justice Roberts voted with the dissent. The “shadow docket” is for emergencies. This was NOT an emergency. Five activist Justices just want the outcome of faster approvals without those annoying locals having a say.