Only in America
A federal judge has ruled that Carl and Janice Duffner of St. Peters, Mo., must obey a city ordinance and plant grass in their front yard, even though Mrs. Duffner has a severe grass allergy. The couple’s lawyer, David Roland, calls the ruling “outrageous,” saying his clients face fines and a jail term “for what they’ve chosen not to plant on their personal property.”
The founder of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal group, is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, claiming Girl Scouts USA “promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity.” Liberty founder Mat Staver argues that Girl Scouts affiliates once attended a U.N. conference on women, and that the group once shared on its Facebook page an image of a girl participating in the “vulgar and profanity-laden” 2017 Women’s March.
Boring but important
Obama-era fuel standards reversed
The Environmental Protection Agency moved this week to roll back strict emissions standards for automakers that were put in place during the Obama administration. The regulations required new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025 in order to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. “Those standards are inappropriate and should be revised,” EPA director Scott Pruitt said in his announcement, describing the existing requirements as too draconian. Pruitt did not say what the new standards might eventually be. The U.S. auto fleet for model year 2017 averaged 31.8 miles per gallon. The 38-page document explaining the EPA’s rationale for rewriting the existing rules does not mention “climate change.”