SOME GOVERNORS PUSH BACK OVER MCCONNELL LETTER TO DEFY EPA
CONCORD, N.H. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back.
The Kentucky Republican wrote to all the nation’s governors in March after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants. McConnell said he thinks the rule is illegal and, if enacted, would hurt the U.S. economy and kill energy jobs.
Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was blunt in his response to McConnell.
“I disagree,” he wrote. “Climate change is real. It’s a threat to humanity. We should be working harder to address it, not rolling back efforts to do so.”
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