So the greenies in California (where they belong) have succeeded in requiring 4th of July fireworks displays to obtain an environmental impact study before they can MAYBE get a permit to shoot them off.
In the words of the great Green legal guru who has been litigating this case:
“There are a whole host of impacts that we know occur from fireworks shows, from marine mammals to marine birds to water quality to traffic to noise to the air,” [Marco] Gonzalez said. “We want it studied and we want it mitigated.” [translation: we want to spend more of your money in really stupid ways.]
Gonzalez is the attorney for this green group and he’s ecstatic over this ruling. Poor guy and his clients have been suffering from abuse and teasing over what many (normal thinking Americans and a small number of sane Californians) perceived as a stupid and frivolous lawsuit.
“If you were to sum it up with one word, I would say ‘vindication.’ It’s vindication for the environment … and it’s vindication for my client because of the amount of disparaging comments and general negativity that was thrown our way when we were told that our lawsuit was frivolous,” Gonzalez said.
Earlier this month, his lawsuit had spurred regional pollution regulators to adopt a new permit for fireworks shot over beaches and bays. The mandate, based on the Clean Water Act, was a national first.
When do we say enough? What does it take for Americans to reach their saturation point of government bureaucrats lording over us in such insanely stupid ways?
This is the stuff that discourages and infuriates me. And it’s this kind of stupidity what will cause California to implode on itself — not soon enough.