Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised states opposed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants not to implement the new bureaucratic rules in a new op-ed piece. Via the Daily Caller,
“The regulation is unfair. It’s probably illegal. And state officials can do something about it; in fact, many are already fighting back,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, wrote in an op-ed in the Lexington Herald.
McConnell is calling for states to hold off on implementing the EPA’s carbon dioxide rule until the courts have weighed in — a process which could take years. But a delay could be in hopes that a Republican is elected president in 2016 after President Barack Obama is term-limited out of office.
“Don’t be complicit in the administration’s attack on the middle class,” McConnell wrote. “Think twice before submitting a state plan — which could lock you in to federal enforcement and expose you to lawsuits — when the administration is standing on shaky legal ground and when, without your support, it won’t be able to demonstrate the capacity to carry out such political extremism.”
“Refusing to go along at this time with such an extreme proposed regulation would give the courts time to figure out if it is even legal, and it would give Congress more time to fight back. We’re devising strategies now to do just that,” he added.