In his latest display of fecklessness, Mitch wrote a letter to U.S. governors instructing them that they would be on firm legal footing and would not be violating the law if they refused to formulate plans to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon limits.
The EPA is requiring states to use various measures, like improving the efficiency of power plants and reducing power demand, to meet individual emission targets that the EPA calculated for each state.
“The fact is, it is the EPA that is failing to comply with the law here,” McConnell wrote to the National Governors Association, adding that the EPA is going “far beyond its legal authority.”
McConnell went on to say that the EPA is “overreaching” because it doesn’t have the authority under the Clean Air Act to force states to take most of those actions.
Wait a minute!
If the EPA is breaking the law and exceeding their authority, why did Mickey and John Boehner fully fund the budget for the fiscal year? The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse. If McConnell and Boehner had the testicles to do the job the voters hired them to do when they gave Republicans the majority in November, this mess could have been stopped before it began.
And while we’re at it. Why should the states incur the costs of fighting the EPA simply because Mitch refuses to do his job?
McConnell concluded his letter with these words:
“In other words, the EPA is attempting to compel states to do more themselves than what the agency would be authorized to do on its own.”
Talk about irony. McConnell is attempting to compel governors to do more themselves than what Congress is authorized to do on its own.
But that’s what cowards do. It’s easier for Mickey to try manipulating others to do the job he could do, but won’t.