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mitch mcconnell

 
 
Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 05:33 am
In view of mitch mcconnell's letter to all the governors, asking them to ignore air quality regulations, we must act to disrupt the oligarchy that has replaced American democracy. Get a large index card -- 5 x 8 -- and write on it that what mcconnell has done as majority leader is to turn the Constitution on its head and to misplace the trust that Americans should have -- by the Constitution -- in him with his allegiance to his fossil fuel overlords.
You could simply write, "You are not stupid. You are evil. Ignore the fossil fuel industry."
 
revelette2
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 09:03 am
@plainoldme,
Is he really telling the governors to ignore regulations? Aren't regulations laws? Is he telling them to break the laws?

I try not to hate, but I just can't stand that guy and I am ashamed he represents my state.
korkamann
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 09:10 am
Mitch McConnell is reminiscent of a markedly outdated antiquated relic.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 09:13 am
Another example of the media not covering the real news. I saw a mention of this when it first happened but no media coverage.
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 02:47 pm
@plainoldme,
McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obama’s ‘War on Coal’

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obama’s climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnell’s official reach and authority.

The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Once enacted, the rules could shutter hundreds of coal-fired plants in what Mr. Obama has promoted as a transformation of the nation’s energy economy away from fossil fuels and toward sources like wind and solar power. Mr. McConnell, whose home state is one of the nation’s largest coal producers, has vowed to fight the rules.

Since Mr. McConnell is limited in how he can use his role in the Senate to block regulations, he has taken the unusual step of reaching out to governors with a legal blueprint for them to follow to stop the rules in their states. Mr. McConnell’s Senate staff, led by his longtime senior energy adviser, Neil Chatterjee, is coordinating with lawyers and lobbying firms to try to ensure that the state plans are tangled up in legal delays.

On Thursday, Mr. McConnell sent a detailed letter to every governor in the United States laying out a carefully researched legal argument as to why states should not comply with Mr. Obama’s regulations. In the letter, Mr. McConnell wrote that the president was “allowing the E.P.A. to wrest control of a state’s energy policy.”

To make his case, Mr. McConnell is also relying on a network of powerful allies with national influence and roots in Kentucky or the coal industry. Within that network is Laurence H. Tribe, a highly regarded scholar of constitutional law at Harvard Law School and a former mentor of Mr. Obama’s. Mr. Tribe caught Mr. McConnell’s attention last winter when he was retained to write a legal brief for Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal producer, in a lawsuit against the climate rules.

Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In the brief, Mr. Tribe argued that Mr. Obama’s use of the existing Clean Air Act to put forth the climate change regulations was unconstitutional. He then echoed that position in an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal. He argued that in requiring states to cut carbon emissions, and thus to change their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable sources, the agency is asserting executive power far beyond its lawful authority.

Peabody Energy has been the fourth-largest contributor to Mr. McConnell’s election campaigns over the course of his political career, and his office maintains close and frequent communication with the company.

In addition to stopping state-level enactment of the climate rules, Mr. McConnell’s strategy is intended to undercut Mr. Obama’s position internationally as he tries to negotiate a global climate change treaty to be signed in Paris in December. The idea is to create uncertainty in the minds of other world leaders as to whether the United States can follow through on its pledges to cut emissions.

“We’ve seen modern lobbying strategies that become a very large campaign, coordinated with states and localities, but we’ve never seen a Senate majority leader or House speaker in front of it,” said James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington. “It’s quite clever. It’s sophisticated and unusual.”

As he campaigned across Kentucky’s economically ravaged coal towns last fall, Mr. McConnell frequently declared that he would do everything in his power to battle what he calls Mr. Obama’s “war on coal.”

Although Republicans now control both chambers of Congress and could summon a simple majority of votes for legislation to block or delay the climate regulations, they do not have the majorities necessary to override a Democratic filibuster or a presidential veto. Blocking Mr. Obama’s climate policies is also difficult for lawmakers because the regulations largely sidestepped Congress.

Using its existing authority, the E.P.A. will require each state to submit an individual plan for cutting emissions from power plants. Ultimately, the success or failure of the plan will depend on how — and if — states comply with the rules. It will also depend on the courts. Coal-dependent states and coal mining companies are already planning legal challenges to the regulations.

Those coal-dependent states are where Mr. McConnell has trained his fire.

Mr. McConnell opened his campaign on March 3 with an op-ed article published in The Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky with the headline, “States should reject Obama mandate for clean-power regulations.” Mr. McConnell urged governors to refuse to submit climate change compliance plans to the E.P.A., citing the arguments of Mr. Tribe.

Mr. McConnell contends that the Obama administration has bypassed Congress and stretched the boundaries of existing law to impose climate change regulations — and that he intends to step outside of Congress and use creative legal methods to push back.

“The E.P.A. is bypassing Congress and the American people by unilaterally proposing these crippling regulations that would wreak havoc on our economy and are clearly unprecedented,” he said. “I have used and will continue to use all of the tools available to protect families and jobs, whether that be in Congress, or outside of the legislative process.”

Advocates of Mr. Obama’s climate change agenda called Mr. McConnell’s actions nearly unprecedented, and a spokesman for the White House assailed Mr. McConnell’s moves.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges that we face, and instead of offering solutions, Senator McConnell’s alternative is an inappropriate and unfounded attempt to dictate state decisions,” said Frank Benenati, the spokesman. “E.P.A. is following the law by proposing clean-air standards to tackle the largest sources of carbon pollution — the power sector,” he said.

While some governors oppose the climate change plan, others are preparing to comply. On Thursday, the National Governors Association announced that four states — Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Utah — would take part in a program to prepare to meet the climate-change regulations.

But longtime experts in the field of climate change law and policy say that Mr. McConnell’s unconventional efforts could prove formidable.

“The majority leader is a master tactician,” said Scott Segal, a lobbyist with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani and the director of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, which represents power companies. “He understands the legal vulnerabilities, and he’s acutely aware that not all solutions go through traditional legislative channels.”

Over the coming weeks and months, Mr. McConnell’s office intends to continue to push to undermine the climate regulations, using a host of legal, lobbying and legislative tools.

Less than a week after Mr. McConnell’s op-ed article citing Mr. Tribe, Mr. McConnell’s friend and fellow Republican, Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, was the chairman of a House hearing designed to highlight the legal challenges to the climate change law. Mr. Whitfield called as his star witness Mr. Tribe — who in testimony likened Mr. Obama’s climate change rules to “burning the Constitution.”

In April, Mr. Tribe, representing Peabody Energy, is set to deliver oral arguments in the first federal court case about Mr. Obama’s climate change rules.

Mr. McConnell’s efforts come on top of an initial groundswell of efforts by Republican governors from coal-dependent states to push back at the rules. Twelve states have already filed suit against the rules.

In Washington, a coalition of nearly 200 industry and lobbying groups, led by the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, has been working together for months on a set of legal and legislative tactics, both in Washington and the states, to block the rules.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 07:38 pm
@revelette2,
He has sent that letter out, 50 times, just recently.

The following is from the site, Difference Between.com

Many people have heard laws and regulations being used in the same sentence. It is also assumed that they are related to each other in many ways. However, definitions of both the words often cause confusion between the two words making people believe that they are the same. These words are different from each other in distinct ways. Laws are rules that are enacted by governing body, while regulation is the process of monitoring and enforcing the rules.

Laws are actually rules and guidelines that are set up by the social institutions to govern behavior. These laws are made by government officials that in some countries are elected by the public to represent their views. In simple terms, laws are basically things that a person can and cannot do. It is enforced by government officials such as police officers, agents and judges. Laws are ideas that must go through the process of checks, balances and votes in order for them to become a law. However, the enactment of a law varies based on the government. In an autocracy, the leader has the power to pass any law he wishes. In a democracy, the bill to enact a law must be voted on by the different parts of the government. Laws must be obeyed by all, including private citizens, groups and companies as well as public figures, organizations and institutions. Laws set out standards, procedures and principles that must be followed. A law is enforceable by the judicial system, i.e. those responsible for breaking them can be prosecuted in court. There are various types of laws framed like criminal laws, civil laws, and international laws. Breaking a law is a punishable crime and has drastic consequences such as hefty fines, jail time and community service time.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2015 07:40 pm
@McGentrix,
Thank you for posting that piece.
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revelette2
 
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Reply Mon 30 Mar, 2015 07:10 am
@plainoldme,
So it is not really against the law to not follow regulations?

In any case I wish people would take climate change seriously and realize there are better more efficient ways of producing energy. My family has a history of being in the coal mines, where I live, we are surrounded by old coal mines and a few running coal mines. A good number of people in my area hate Obama for the reason McConnell is sending out those letters.

As just an aside, it seems the president get undermined in every direction from our congressional leaders.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Mon 30 Mar, 2015 07:48 am
'As just an aside, it seems the president get undermined in every direction from our congressional leaders."


Thank god for checks and balances!!
revelette2
 
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Reply Mon 30 Mar, 2015 09:44 am
@PUNKEY,
Do you really believe by writing letters to governors to ignore regulations, McConnell is exercising checks and balances? I believe in checks and balances as well, I just think there is right and wrong way to go about it and this congress for the most part goes about it the wrong way.
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Mon 30 Mar, 2015 06:54 pm
The Executive branch doesn't make law. Not their job. Remember when Bush pulled this crap and everyone threw a fit? Same thing. Regulations do not equal law and therefore, states would not be required to follow.
revelette2
 
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Reply Tue 31 Mar, 2015 09:20 am
@McGentrix,
Oh, which is why I asked in my first reply on this thread. I didn't know. I wonder why regulations exist at all if states are not required to follow them? Are they just suggestions to follow? I confess I don't know anything about this subject.
revelette2
 
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Reply Tue 31 Mar, 2015 09:39 am
I tried to look up something to help me understand, the following seems a little biased, however, it could be correct.

Yes, Gov. Whitman, states may choose which federal laws to implement

Embedded in the article is an article which says why Mitch McConnell Plan is not a good one even if it is lawful.

Should States “Just Say No” to Filing Climate Plans with the EPA
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 31 Mar, 2015 02:24 pm
@revelette2,
Darn good question, if you ask me.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2015 09:19 am
@revelette2,
He does. What is going on in Washington is not the system of checks and balances but simply naysaying on the part of Congress.
revelette2
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2015 11:59 am
@plainoldme,
He is at it again.

Mitch McConnell Undermines Obama’s Climate Plan With Other Countries
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RABEL222
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2015 04:51 pm
Damn but I wish Lincoln had let KY.succeed.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2015 03:14 pm
Mitch mcconnell is not going to quit until he keels over.
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