On the Glenn Beck show, Friday, incoming Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin explained in two words how he will push back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate the coal mining in his state: “pound sand.”
The governor elect’s plan to use the 10th amendment to thwart President Obama’s goal of destroying the coal industry is beautiful in its simplicity.
“The powers not given to the federal government are the responsibility of the states and of the people. Every time this has been adjudicated in the past 150 + years – it has been tested in the courts – it has come down on the side of the states,” Bevin explained.
“Never in the history of the world has there been more consumption of coal than there is right now,” he noted, adding that Kentucky, with its rich coal resources, should be allowed to get in on that.
“To my way of thinking, we will tell the EPA and other elected officials who have no legal authority over us as a state – to pound sand.”
Obama’s strategy of executive overreach relies on tying contested policies up in the courts. Bevin aims to do the same thing, but unlike the president, he has the Constitution on his side.
“I don’t believe it’s any more complicated than that,” Bevin insisted.”Because the only recourse they would have, is to take us to court.”
He noted that the EPA doesn’t have an enforcement arm.
“They use federal dollars. They bribe us with our own money to stick it to ourselves – and we will not do that anymore in the state of Kentucky.”