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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Politicians in both parties have resumed rhapsodizing about the magnificence of the Everglades, a phenomenon that occurs every four years with varying degrees of sincerity.

Polls show that most Floridians want the Everglades restored and preserved. This requires candidates to show some love. Neither Democrats nor Republicans want to look like obstructionists on this issue in an election year.

That’s one reason why the Obama administration and the state have reached an agreement tentatively resolving 20 years’ worth of lawsuits that have hobbled efforts to clean the polluted water being pumped into the Everglades.

It’s true that under Obama, funding for Everglades restoration is way up from the Bush years. It’s also true that Gov. Rick Scott pushed for the recent settlement with Washington, which should restart some projects that will help the cleanup.

However, the semi-miraculous truce between Florida and the feds wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for a fellow named Alan Gold. He’s a U.S. district judge in Miami who got so fed up with the stalling of both sides that he gave them a glorious reaming two years ago.

You couldn’t blame the man for being ticked off.

Gold was presiding over drawn-out litigation that was holding up some of the Everglades projects. The Miccosukee tribe had sued because phosphorus pollution from farms, ranches and subdivisions was being flushed into the reservation.

In the summer of 2008, Gold had ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to start enforcing clean-water standards that had been set to take effect back in 2006.

But in the face of heavy lobbying, the feds and the state decided on a 10-year extension — a nice break for the polluters. That didn’t sit well with the Miccosukees, most environmental groups or the judge.

In 2010, Gold issued a ruling that scalded the EPA and the DEP for showing “glacial slowness” in cleaning up the flow into Everglades. He characterized the restoration plan as “rudderless.”

  • Wow! You go guy!!!

  • This is where all the major battles of our day will end up – in the courts. Thank goodness for honest and couragous judges. It will be up to them to restore our voting rights, woman’s sovereignty over her own body, and the mortage mess.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Off topic, but important, because The Memo will NEVER cover this since they are an arm of the Obozo campaign propaganda machine…..

    Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday said the White House appears to be responsible for leaking classified national security information.

    ‘‘I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,’’ Feinstein said at a World Affairs Council forum, according to the Associated Press (AP).

    Obozo will sell out American security for his own reelection bid. For all American’s sake, Obozo Must Go!!!!!!

    Have a nice day!

    • Landsende

      And Mitt Romney will sell out the American people for corporate America.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Hi Land! I hope you are well. Long time, no chat.

        That Romney will “sell out” the American people for corporate America is a cliche that actually has ZERO meaning. It’s like one of those mind numbing union chants that sound interesting, but are insufferably impossible to actually reason through.

        Please clarify what “selling out the American people for corporate America” means. I am interested in your response.

        Have a nice day, Land!

        • Landsende

          I meant if Romney is elected he has already said he will do away with rules and regulations that protect consumers and the enviroment and will help business interests. I think we can both agree there has to be a happy medium where businesses are not over burdened by regulations but not at the expense of consumer safety and the enviroment.

          Have a nice day Bozo!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Good morning, Land! Just got your message. We do agree. There does have to be a happy medium. What that happy medium is is what the ongoing debate is about. With the decline in employment and the departure of American companies overseas, I’d say the pendulum is clearly swung a bit too far into the “discourage business” category. Remember, businesses are made up of people that care about clean air and water as much as you and I do. They have families and children and are consumers just like you and I. Yes, there are unscrupulous people in all walks of life, but most people are decent and good people. Heavy regulatory burdens really only benefits politicians and bureaucrats and make us think it’s OK for them to take more of our money.

            Have a great day, my friend! 🙂

    • Yo BOZO, just like your inglorious leader Mitty, you love taking stuff out of context don’t you?? Here is the WHOLE QUOTE:

      “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.

      The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn’t disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House. “I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said. END QUOTE!

      So as we all can clearly see, you read and repeat ONLY what suits your Left Wing
      Agenda! Presently, there are over 4.5 million people in the administration (As with any Administration), with access to classified material.

      I’ve never replied to you, our resident troll before now, but the record needed to
      be set straight in this case. Now spew your venom, as I know you can’t resist, but I’ve
      said all I’m going to say to you on this subject.

      Have a blessed day!

      • ObozoMustGo

        Mikey… don’t you find it curious that all of the leaks that have taken place have strangely been the type that seemingly make Obozo look like a tough president? During an election year? Hmmmmmm….. coincidence? I think not!

        Obozo is a pathological liar and narcissist in the extreme. I would not doubt for one second that he would place his personal interests above and beyond the national security intersts of a country that he’s never liked nor believed in…. America!

        uhhh…. left wing agenda?????….. me????? uhhhh… Mikey… you can go back to your crack pipe now, buddy. It’s calling you! Can’t you hear it???

        Have a nice day!

    • Take your red-neck racist bigotry elsewhere. The president’s name is Obama, and he is doing a wonderful job with a trashed economy despite republican obstructionism.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Obozo is a failure! Pure and simple. And you are a lying piece of crap, AND you know it!

        Since you call me a “racist”, answer this question: Who would I vote for? A white liberal, or a black conservative? Who would I vote for?

        Answer the question, please.

        Have a nice day!

  • Landsende

    Some good honest judges trying to follow the law and protect the environment when the EPA and Floridas Department of Enviromental Protection fail to do theirs. Unfortunately these big polluters will appeal to the Supreme Court which will then cater to big corporations wishes and overturn their ruling.

  • Selling out the american people for corporate America means repealing Glass-Stegal, refusing to enforce the Sherman Act, allowing collateralized derivatives and generally socializing risk while privatizing profit and other Wall Street shenanigans

  • overpaidCS

    Give me a break the US taxpayers have ponied up over $5 Billion to re-flood the everglades this judge made a grand showing and added nothing to the equation other than to run up legal bills that do nothing for the glades

    • How much did the lawyer fees cost, court romm cost for 10 years? The judge took to long to get an answer, after 1 year he should have done this.