Something is fundamentally wrong when a judge -- or in this case a panel of judges -- can mandate the execution of a Federal agency rule as law. But that's just what DC US Court of Appeals just did.
The panel ruled that the head of the EPA overstepped his authority in his directive to delay implementation of a new rule requiring the monitoring and reduction of methane leaks. The DC Court ordered the EPA to move forward with the Obama-era requirement.
Far be it for me to ask this obvious question, but when did an agency "rule" become as potent as a legislated law? And when did an agency head lose the authority to suspend or end "rules" created under the purview of said agency?
This is the danger of Federal bureaucracy. This is the danger of the Deep State. Laws are created through the process of legislation. They are crafted, sent through committee and then debated in full on the House floor. Then the whole process is done again in the Senate before it goes back to the House again. Only then does it reach the president's desk for the opportunity to be signed into law.
This process allows for the maximum amount of process to ensure that the will of the people is served. After all, the government works for us; we do not work for the government.
But with this judicial decree, an agency "rule" has been given the potency; the power of legislated law. The order usurps the process that guarantees government works for the people. In reality, this order places the authority of a bureaucratic agency above that our our representative government!
This is literally anti-American -- and quite unconstitutional -- as it usurps and up-ends the authority of our elected government. It allows Deep State agency bureaucracies to wield the power of lawmaking, and that's not representative government.