Jim Gooch, a Democratic state representative in Kentucky, may be under a bad influence.
From Erica Paterson of WFPL, an NPR radio station:
A bill pre-filed in the General Assembly would declare Kentucky a “sanctuary state” for people and companies who don’t want to follow federal environmental laws that will restrict carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Jim Gooch, a Democrat from Providence in Western Kentucky. It would block the state Energy and Environment Cabinet from promulgating regulations on carbon dioxide under any federal rule or plan unless either the General Assembly authorizes the action, or the U.S. Congress officially designates carbon dioxide as a criteria pollutant. The measure also declares Kentucky a sanctuary state from the regulations.So far so good, but then came this revelation a few paragraphs later:
The idea of states creating a sanctuary for carbon dioxide pollution — with identical logic — is one that’s also been floated by conservative West Virginia blogger (and former newspaper columnist) Don Surber in a blog post last month. Though similar sample legislation on fighting the EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations has been drafted by the influential conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council, nothing similar is published on the group’s website.Oh yes, that post: "Declare West Virginia a sanctuary state for carbon dioxide."
Cities across the land can ignore federal immigration laws by declaring themselves sanctuary cities.
West Virginia should do the same and declare itself a sanctuary state for carbon dioxide.
Science after all is on our side.
In West Virginia, we believe in science, including photosynthesis, which basically takes two nutrients -- water and carbon dioxide -- to create the various sugars that are the basis for plant and animal life on this planet. We mine coal, then burn it for electricity, releasing plenty of carbon dioxide from the bowels of the Earth, while providing cheap energy to run our schools and our hospitals.
I am not really sure why opponents of coal hate education and health care.Now I do not know if Representative Gooch reads my blog. I doubt it. Most Americans don't. But in the off chance he does and I gave him this idea, I ask him -- beg him -- to kindly please keep that information to himself, because I do not want to have to register as a lobbyist in Kentucky. I'm retired. Anything that looks like work, I avoid -- and registering looks too much like work.
By the way, NPR, how do you designate "carbon dioxide as a criteria pollutant"? It is a nutrient.
Oh wait, we are in George Orwell's America. I withdraw my question.
At any rate, if you can defy federal immigration laws, why not regulations on carbon dioxide?