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Author: Tony Francois

October 14, 2020

The Hill: Communities can force government action to stop out-of-control wildfires

Every year, more of America's forests burn. For months now, Americans throughout entire time zones have been inundated with ash and smoke from our woodlands, neighbors' homes and ecosystems that will take years to recover. Yet despite this predictable yearly carnage, the solutions our government can and should immediately take are lost among genera ...

June 04, 2020

The Daily Signal: Trump’s new ‘Navigable Waters’ rule is an improvement, but still murky

The Trump administration published this spring its new definition of "navigable waters" (also known as "waters of the United States") under the Clean Water Act. The long-awaited action reversed course on decades of bureaucratic overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency and by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA's partner in the abuse o ...

May 12, 2020

The Hill: Politicians seek relief for renters — but landlords have rights, too

State and local governments have closed businesses across the country in response to COVID-19, putting millions of Americans out of work. Right now, those Americans' biggest concerns are keeping a roof over their heads and feeding their families. Against that backdrop of economic anxiety, Sen. Barnie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted, "It is time to #CancelR ...

April 27, 2020

The Hill: Passive-aggressive EPA places couple in regulatory limbo

If government regulators tell a property owner what they can and can't do with their land, should the property owner be able to appeal to the courts? Most Americans would instinctively say "yes," since they grasp the principle that government officials should be held accountable to the people.   Unsurprisingly, many government regulators disagree ...

January 28, 2020

The Hill: The Army Corps of Engineers has become a rogue agency

In World War II, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers played a proud role in the Allied victory over totalitarian aggression in Europe and the Pacific theater by building bridges, clearing beaches and harbors, and creating the conditions for military units to hit fast and hit hard. The Corps's resourcefulness, creativity and engineering expertise no ...

October 15, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency considers dirt in a farmers field pollution

When most people think about preventing water pollution, they probably picture sewage plants and factories, spilling gunk into a river or lake. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA), overturned dirt in a farmer's field is technically the same thing as that noxious gunk: pollution. The CWA was ...

September 30, 2019

The Hill: Federal waters rule repeal: Much ado about (almost) nothing

This month, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler rescinded the infamous Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. This rule, a case study in EPA regulatory overreach, asserted federal government control under the Clean Water Act over millions of acres of private property across the country, based on the absurd the ...

August 28, 2019

A Rancher’s property rights and the right to conserve

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is supposed to protect and enhance our nation's waters. But too often, government bureaucrats use that broad mandate to stomp on private landowners' property rights—even when those private landowners are trying to protect the land themselves. In a bitter twist, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using the CWA t ...

July 19, 2019

Dry creek beds aren’t navigable water, no matter what the EPA says

Curtis Martin is a rancher. Scenic hills surround his remote Oregon farmland, where he grazes his livestock and grows feed for them. Curtis, and thousands like him across our nation, feed America and the world. Farming is a risky venture. Curtis can't control the weather, crop prices, equipment costs, or the price he will get ...

July 15, 2019

The Daily Caller: The Supreme Court Gets It Right Thanks To Justice Roberts

Before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts described judges as umpires calling balls and strikes, without regard to who was pitching or hitting. But how impartial would an umpire be if one team could redefine the strike zone to suit their pitcher's or batters' skills? That is one ...

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