The other day, the Nebraska Congressional delegation, along with the Governor, gave a strong critique to the proposed Federal Waters of the U.S. rule. They noted that it is overly broad and hurts farmers and ranchers — and organizations such as the Farm Bureau agree.
So who does the local media go to for a counter position?
Local farmer? State Senator? Scientist?
They of course talk to…Jane Kleeb!
Jane jumped to the mic and declared:
“That rule is about making sure industries like coal plants are not polluting our waterways,” Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska said.
Kleeb said the EPA is doing its job and calls the concerns leveled scare tactics.
“In fact, farms and ranches are exempt from the Clean Water rule,” Kleeb said. “All regular agricultural activities are exempt from it. This is about big polluters.”
Well, except, no.
Here are some of the many ways, as noted by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the final rule gives the EPA the tools to regulate a farmer’s field:
- The final rule preamble claims jurisdiction over irrigation canals and the rule fails to exempt irrigation ditches.
- The final rule excludes waters used for ordinary farming activities from the category of “adjacent” waters, but EPA can claim a “significant nexus.”
- By allowing remote sensing technology such as LIDAR to identify tributaries, the rule has no meaningful limit on the definition of tributary and can include erosion features on farmers’ fields.
- The definition of “significant nexus” is so broad it can capture any water feature that holds water, infiltrates groundwater, or is used by animals, birds, and insects.
So no doubt someone, like Jane, thought, “Oh, we will save the environment with these rules!” But not being out in the field, they have no idea of how their proposals affect real people.
And don’t forget: Kleeb isn’t a farmer. And she’s not a government expert.
Yet for some reason, the news media asks for her to comment on things about which she “less than an expert”, to put it lightly.
You know, like about the Ogallala Aquifer.
Yeah, Leavenworth St. is still taking input from the University of Nebraska expert on drilling wells and the Ogallala Aquifer, over her.
And from the pure satire department…
Chambers, the state’s leading opponent of capital punishment, said it was inappropriate for the Republican governor to fund the effort after failing to convince the Nebraska Legislature to retain capital punishment.
But Chambers, the same guy who compared the cops to ISIS and suggested shooting cops, thinks it’s totally cool for out-of-state groups to funnel money into the state to prevent Nebraskans from voting on the issue.
They should have done that “Inside Out” movie from inside Ernie’s head. Now THERE’s some comedy.
Hey, email the Gov if you’re from South O and want to be a State Senator!
- Being an extremely pasty-complexioned Swede;
- Desire to vote with the Democrats 99.9% of the time, even though you’re constantly told that the Legislature is non-partisan;
- A keen eye for seeking out the chance to leave early to cash in for a newer sweet paying gig.
Wait, are we confused about how this works?