(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In a groundbreaking development restoring Americans’ faith in the fair rule of law, a federal judge recently decided that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot force Louisiana to use race as a factor when reviewing environmental permits.
The judge’s ruling was clear: pollution does not care about race. Therefore, decisions on environmental matters should not be based on race either.
Louisiana filed the lawsuit in May 2023 to challenge the EPA’s demand for the state to conduct a “disparate-impact” analysis when evaluating a Clean Air Act permit.
Louisiana argued that the EPA was moving away from its primary mission and instead was focusing too much on race. The judge sided with Louisiana, stating that the requirement for a disparate impact analysis under Title VI led to decisions being made based on race.
U.S. District Court Judge James Cain, Jr., whom President Trump appointed, expressed that regulations based on disparate impact often force decision-makers to take race into account to avoid unequal impacts on different racial groups.
According to the judge, this approach requires officials to assess the racial consequences of their policies and make decisions influenced by those racial outcomes.
Judge Cain also temporarily stopped the EPA and the Department of Justice from enforcing these disparate impact requirements through Title VI.
The halt will remain in place unless the president approves such enforcement and is in line with the EPA’s specific regulations on disparate impact.
The judge emphasized the importance of government agencies following laws and treating all citizens equally without considering race.
He pointed out that considering race in decision-making equates to participating in racism.
He noted that following the EPA’s analysis would cost Louisiana significantly and raise concerns among other states about the EPA’s expansive mandates. The judge’s decision reflects a strong stance on ensuring that environmental regulatory actions are taken without injecting racial considerations into the process. This underscores the belief that environmental issues and pollution affect everyone, regardless of race.