Forcing the feds to follow law
Americans should not have to go to court to force President Barack Obama to follow the “all of the above” energy policy he claims to espouse – and to obey the law.
It is another one of the president’s falsehoods. He doesn’t want coal to continue providing the nation with reasonably priced electricity. He doesn’t want oil imported from Canada through the Keystone XL pipeline.
And neither he nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., want nuclear energy to be a viable option.
For that to be possible, the nation needs a safe repository for nuclear waste. For years, at the direction of Congress, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been pursuing just such a facility at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
But several months ago, on its own initiative – but no doubt with encouragement from Obama and Reid – the NRC stopped work on a safety report needed to proceed at Yucca Mountain.
In August, a federal court ordered the NRC to resume the study, unless Congress directs otherwise. Finally, after stalling for nearly three months, the commission directed its staff to comply.
Americans ought not to have to go to court to force the government to comply with the law. But if that’s what it takes …