Under President Barack Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency got drunk on its own power and expanded in unprecedented ways, impacting the lives of millions of Americans.
John Duarte, a farmer in Tehama County, California, was on the receiving end of the EPA’s absurd abuse of power when he was fined for millions of dollars for doing work on his own land, Redding reported.
The EPA sued Duarte because he had the audacity to plow his own field.
Yes, you read that right. Duarte is facing a $2.8 million fine because he plowed his field that had some wetlands that the EPA claimed belonged to the government, and were therefore protected.
The chairmen of the House Judiciary and Agriculture committees have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding clarification of this case, and advocating on behalf of the farmer.
We should point out that this case was started while Obama was in office, so it was not the Trump administration that started this whole mess — though we certainly hope they end it quickly.
“The prosecution of Mr. Duarte raises concerns that the Congressional intent behind the farming exemptions in the statute is misunderstood,” read the letter.
The Los Angeles Times noted that an exception to the Clean Water Act allows farmers to plow their own land (how gracious of them!) so long as they don’t destroy any naturally occurring wetlands.
Duarte never destroyed any of the wetlands, but that hasn’t stopped the government from bringing him to court.
Fox Business reported that Duarte has claimed the lawsuit against him is a result of him filing a “due process claim” against the government.
“Because we work for the Pacific Legal Foundation here in California and filed a due process, a fifth amendment civil right suit against the government for sending me cease and desist notice without any form of hearing, without getting the facts right to begin with, they retaliated with a $2.8 million lawsuit against me,” he explained.
That’s the sort of governmental corruption that Obama encouraged, and one of the reasons Trump won in 2016.
This case really is absurd. Trump vowed to reign in the federal government, so let’s hope he will follow through on that promise and demand that the EPA stop harassing this farmer for working on his own land.
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