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Ravnsborg Rediscovers Concern for Proper Use of Executive Authority in Suit to Save Keystone XL

Well, I guess killer Jason Ravnsborg has to do something with his lingering time on the public dole. In the continuing fantasy that he has some future as a Trumpist tool, South Dakota’s lame-duck Attorney General has joined a bunch of other Republican attorneys general in suing the Biden Administration for re-cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline:

“What it really is, is does the President have the authority, or does congress have the authority to regulate the border?” Ravnsborg asked. “I think that’s a question on many fronts, but in this instance, we don’t think he’s followed the procedure and the review process that’s necessary to just yank the permits.”

…The Attorneys General are arguing that Biden did not have the authority to revoke the permit under Article II of the Constitution [Nick Nelson, “AG Ravnsborg Joins Lawsuit Against Biden Admin. over Keystone Pipeline,” KOTA-TV, 2021.03.18.

Didn’t follow the procedure? That’s rich. Ravnsborg joined an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold the previous Administration’s illegal decision to skip procedure and revive Keystone XL. and his Republican predecessor (and likely successor) Marty Jackley never complained when the previous Administration ignored procedure and rushed illegal approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Check the law, Jason: Congress recognized the President’s authority to decide Keystone XL’s fate in 2011. President Barack Obama exercised that authority and cancelled the pipeline, for good reason, in 2015. After four years of White House dementia, President Joe Biden has now reinstated reason and the national interest in policy-making and has again revoked a pipeline that makes less sense now than it did a decade ago.

As usual, Jason Ravnsborg isn’t working for the national interest or South Dakota’s interest; he’s working for his own interest, clinging to the drifting wreckage of Trumpism to keep himself from sinking. Let’s just hope he’s not checking his phone for news updates on his lawsuit while he’s driving to the next Republican fundraiser.


  1. DaveFN 2021-03-20 09:11

    Does the president have the authority to regulate the border? Trump sure thought so.

  2. Donald Pay 2021-03-20 09:28

    Yeah, we’ve just had four years of Trump glorifying his “only I can fix it” procedural illegality, and now, they want to get all procedural on us. That, indeed, is rich. But, fine, let’s have another redo. Let’s start the whole process over from the beginning. Oh, wait. That’s not what you want? No, you want Congress to short circuit the law by cutting all the procedural requirements. How about we cut the procedural requirements in Ravnesborg’s slow walk to the state pen.?

  3. bearcreekbat 2021-03-20 11:37

    The lawsuit will go on and result in a decision one way or the other whether SD signs on or not. So my question is how does this State expenditure of taxpayer dollars to join the lawsuit benefit a single individual in SD? Has Ravnsborg come up with a compelling legal theory or argument that was overlooked by the litigants?

  4. Arlo Blundt 2021-03-20 17:47

    well…I don’t think the Attorney General will go to the state pen…that’s been decided in Hyde County by the State’s Attorney…I think its even money he completes his term….very sad..outrageous

  5. John Kennedy Claussen, Sr., 2021-03-21 00:50

    Republicans are constantly warning us about China. Yet, these same Republicans are bound and determined to ship toxic Canadian sand tars oil to China via a Keystone Pipeline and the Gulf. Why?

  6. Francis Schaffer 2021-03-21 09:00

    John Kennedy Claussen, Sr.
    I say follow the money. It does seem weird that the pipeline will get the tar sands to Texas which has electrical reliability problems during cold weather, to be refined. I guess follow the money.

    So Jason is becoming the arbiter of all things Presidential executive order? I was hoping he would go after Congress to take back their authority to establish a currency printing system instead of renting that right out. Once again follow the money. It seems that many in politics have principles up until the point where their benefactors begin to lose money.

  7. leslie 2021-03-21 11:34

    Republicans nation-wide have successfully, nakedly commandeered local and state power by politicizing local boards (Tupper’s reporting on West Dakota Water board takeover by wingnuts a few years ago; the Penn Co commissioner refusing to folliw septic regulations ‘cause “free-dumb”, etc).

    21 states with red, starkly politicized AGs as a part of nationwide power excercise by RAGA, is inept Jason’s bed. Only the Republican party puts people with no skill into public partisan office, to the detriment of those of good conscience, because such idiots will follow GOP dogma. Noem. Gosh. Hawley. MTG. You won’t find Dems on the list of idiots in office. Both-sides-cop-out Commenters here criticize Dems by swallowing right wing talking points. Two or three more parties-yeah that’s a solution?? Republicans flash that knowing grin—“snookered another gullible low information voter!”

    Lawsuits are decided by incompetent Republican judges these days. What would have a top tier RC or Sx Falls prosecutor have charged Jason with?
    Would Randy Seiler have run down someone on his phone? Tatewin Means? Doubtful. Would Sutton, or our Brookings CPA left an AG in office? Doubtful.

    Your red vote in SD matters. It is a matter of life and death.

    Kudos for Nick Nemick’s strong voice on behalf of his injured family AND the voters, citizens and residents of SD.

    Noem and Ravnsborg and all who put them there, including trolls like grdz, deserve the trash heap.

  8. bearcreekbat 2021-03-21 13:35

    Just to add to leslie’s comment and his astute observations, it appears some groups that claim on social media that “both sides do it” and “Democrats are bad too” and similar comments, are not making such claims in good faith. Instead, their goal is to discourage potential democratic voters from going to the polls and supporting Democratic candidates. This is just another spoke in the wheel with the goal of voter suppression. While perhaps some folks might make such claims in good faith, readers really should look askance at such comments and posts and take the claims with a grain of salt.

    I think we saw several such comments right here of DFP, with commenters claiming to oppose the re-election of Trump, but then describing every imagined flaw they could muster about Joe Biden and Democrats. Nuff said, and my apologies if this observation is too far off topic.

  9. T 2021-03-22 19:22

    What happened to the impeachment’ and/or stepping down ?.
    Ya I maybe off topic but how does this happen he continues to do things like this???

  10. grudznick 2021-03-22 20:03

    The legislatures chickened out Mr/Ms. T. Governor Noem stands alone, calling for Mr. Ravnsborg’s head, and vowing to post it on a pike along her Easter fence.

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