Mitch McConnell Urges Governors To Disobey Federal Law For the Kochs


It is not unusual for pundits and commentators to refer to Congressional legislators as ‘lawmakers‘ due to the very nature of the Constitutional mandate to ‘make laws‘ for the general welfare of the people.  However, since Republicans took control of the House in 2011, Speaker John A. Boehner boasted that Republicans primary duty was not to make laws, but eliminate them for their wealthy donors’ benefit. Now, the sitting Senate Majority Leader has went a step farther and issued a call to governors to become ‘law breakers’ to benefit the fossil fuel industry that bought control of Congress for Republicans.

Ever since President Obama announced new EPA regulations reducing carbon emissions to combat the real and present danger of anthropogenic climate change, Republicans pledge to fight back and stop the EPA. Because any Republican legislation attempting to thwart the President’s climate change proposals will incur a painful presidential veto, Mitch McConnell is taking what is called an unprecedented step for a Senator and inciting state governors to defy the President in the Koch Congress’ stead.

Although not quite an open call to nullify a federal law, the Koch devotee is pushing governors to refuse to implement the Obama Administration’s climate change regulations. In the Lexington Kentucky Herald-Leader, McConnell wrote under an op-ed with a headline that read, “States should reject Obama mandate for clean-power regulations.”

In the article, McConnell resorted to a typically Republican tactic of lying and wrote that, “The Obama administration’s so-called ‘clean power’ regulation seeks to shut down more of America’s power generation under the guise of protecting the climate. Don’t be complicit in the administration’s attack on the middle class. Think twice before submitting a state plan — which could lock you in to federal enforcement. Without your support, it won’t be able to demonstrate the capacity to carry out such political extremism. Refusing to go along at this time with such an extreme proposed regulation would give the courts time to figure out if it is even legal, and it would give Congress more time to fight back. We’re devising strategies now to do just that.”

McConnell knows Congress cannot stop the legal actions of the President according to the Clean Air Act and the Supreme Court, so he is urging state complicity in violating federal regulations to reduce emissions that are the greatest source of planet-warming pollution in the country. It is part of his promise to pay back the Koch brothers for making him Senate Majority Leader.

The new EPA rules should be finalized this summer and require, by federal law, for each state to submit a plan laying out how it intends to cut coal-fired plant pollution. If states refuse to comply, they will be liable to adhere to a  one-size-fits-all national plan that may not take into account the specific needs of individual states. The Obama Administration hopes the regulations will push polluters to take actions to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they pour into the air, and hopefully hasten transformation of the energy economy away from dirty fossil fuels and toward renewable green sources such as wind and solar.

It is in no conceivable way part of the Koch brothers’ vision for America and they will spare no expense to see it does not happen. With their state legislative arms the State Policy Network (SPN), American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),  and Americans for Prosperity (AFP), they  have every intention of blocking the regulations at the state level by tying up implementation of the regulations in the judicial system. In fact, with ALEC, SPN, and AFP working in concert with so-called “Dr. Evil” of anti-EPA notoriety, the Kochs intend on using the states to shut down the EPA’s enforcement authority well beyond implementing and enforcing the President’s Clean Air Act regulations; despite the CAA’s requirement that he do so.

Democrats said McConnell’s call for states not to prepare plans is unprecedented. However, there is an African American President and this is a GOP owned and operated by the dirty Koch fossil fuel industry that opposes  anything Obama does; required by law or not. Under a Republican president’s  Clean Air Act, the executive branch is required to issue carbon pollution rules and despite McConnell’s claim it is political extremism, it is a federal requirement that the Supreme Court has upheld several times.

According to the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee, Barbara Boxer, “It’s unprecedented that a leader in the Senate would call on states to disobey the law, which has been upheld many times by the Supreme Court.  I can’t recall a majority leader calling on states to disobey the law — and I’ve been here almost 24 years.” However, in those “almost 24 years” there was not an African American President or a majority leader and Congress owned by two billionaire fossil fuel magnates. Boxer should be well aware that the Koch brothers’ money has changed how America is governed and driven the Republican party to openly advocate breaking the law and blatantly campaigning against clean air as a matter of course. Although that was not always the case.

In 1988, following up on a Republican President’s creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, George H. W. Bush actually campaigned on clean air standards. In fact, it was during his presidency that there was a very substantive update to the Clean Air Act to protect the environment and unbelievably the American people’s health and well-being. While Bush was president the Senate passed  and he signed an expansive Clean Air Act (CAA) update with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 89-11;  including the ardent support from none other than today’s Koch acolyte Mitch McConnell. In voting for the CAA update, McConnell stated that, “I had to choose between cleaner air and the status quo. I chose cleaner air.”

It is likely that Kentucky residents, many of them spending a lifetime working in the coal mining industry, were grateful their Senator was advocating for their and their descendants’ health and well-being before he sold his allegiance to the Kochs. One cannot comprehend how McConnell would choose the status quo and more climate change damage and obviously dirty air, but it is McConnell and he did promise the Koch brothers he would ‘go after the federal government‘ and the EPA in particular. Apparently it is not enough for McConnell to expose Kentucky residents to the effects of climate change and hazardous air, he is actually calling for governors in all 50 states to disobey federal law and jeopardize their residents’ health.

It is bad enough that since Barack Obama has been President, several Republican-controlled states and congressional legislators have openly called for nullifying, disobeying, and even criminalizing enforcement of federal laws. But it is unprecedented for the Senate Majority Leader to issue in writing a call for all states to disobey federal law; particularly one the Supreme Court has upheld often, including as recently as June 2014 because it is required in an Act created and supported by Republican presidents and lawmakers. But things have changed since demi-god Reagan was president and particularly since Republican lawbreakers were wholly-owned and operated by dirty fossil fuel magnates the Koch brothers.

30 Replies to “Mitch McConnell Urges Governors To Disobey Federal Law For the Kochs”

  1. We are not “United” any more. And I for one do not want to go back to the 60’s and 70’s.

  2. Yet another example of the tyranny and traitorous actions by the Right Wing. These children who daily trash a good man in our POTUS should be thanking that god they believe in that Obama is the very image of maturity in that he has shown incredible restraint by not retaliating on a equal level to their adolescent attacks. If he were the despot, dictator, self anointed king that they claim over spittle covered lips, then ALL of them would be imprisoned or dead. Either of those two would be a benefit to this nation.

  3. Ah yes, the “rule of law” so important when President Bill Clinton lied under oath about an extra-marital affair was so important Republicans impeached him.

    Republicans spent millions of dollars investigating the all important need to hold our elected leaders to a higher standard because rule of law.

    Remember, the more minorities and the middle class gain wages and power, the more the white guard religious sociopaths are going to do all they can to remain in control.

    It will get worse before it gets better, imo.

  4. Correction!

    Republicans spent millions of taxpayer dollars investigating the all important need to hold our elected leaders to a higher standard because rule of law.

    You don’t seriously believe that a Republican would pay out of his/her own pocket for any of their politically-motivated pet-peeves (in this case, it’s demonizing Democrats), do you?

  5. If only some of our sensible brothers were as adamant about law and order as the right wing religious Koch worshipers. I would not be upset to see a couple of those fine, 2nd Amendment approved armor piercing rounds land in the skulls of some of our most admired criminals. Mitch the Bitch, John “I can’t get a” Boner, Theo Cruz, Palin (just for fun) and of course Chuckie and Davey – the Beavis and Butthead of American politics. Start with these, cut-off the billions, and I am sure the rest will rapidly fall into line, starting with SCOTUS.

    Extreme? Absolutely. How long are we going to sit idly by and watch our country turn into another Theocratic state? Ayatollah Bush anyone ?It’s time to fight fire with fire. We already know the DOJ would not prosecute anyone for doing what’s right for America. Hell, Cliven Bundy is still walking free, immune from DOJ prosecution, why not one from our side? [wink]

  6. There should be legal ramifications, especially if he put it in writing. Inciting Governors to break federal law is at least seditious. Maybe we should make Mitch McConnell the first Senate Majority Leader to be arrested and jailed.

  7. As soon as this foot of snow melts I’m gowing to walk my dog over, and let him have a crap fest in your front yard. Lets see how you like someone screwing up where you live Bitch! Maybe I’ll send out an e-mail to a few friends to come along. I wonder if you would consider my right to disreguard the law?

  8. 34 MORE years of science’s laughable 99% certainty not achieving climate action to SAVE THE PLANET is 100% guaranteed.
    Science is 99% sure CO2 only “COULD” flatten the planet, the very planet that they are 100% sure is not flat.
    A consensus of “could be” was anything anyone wanted it to be except sustainable for another 34 years of needless exaggeration and fear mongering.

  9. History can only judge 34 YEARS of climate action failure and needless fear mongering as nothing short of a war crime. Even Bush didn’t fear monger this much.

  10. Wow. Is this not an impeachable action? Telling Governors to ignore federal laws? I realize the RW despises the very government that makes roads, enables their kids to go to school, and hires police protection because they hate all of the above, but my God. Telling states to ignore laws because you hate the President? Fora buck? Mitch, you have sunk below the surface. You are a horrible man. Kentucky, you blew it in November. And now we are all paying for it.

  11. Study Proves Govt Air Quality Regulations Help Children’s Lungs Grow Bigger and Stronger In L.A.

    The research, published in the March 5th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, found the region’s steep decline in air pollution since the mid-1990s is strongly associated with “statistically and clinically significant improvements” in children’s lung function and growth.”

  12. I didn’t realize we had installed the KOCH brothers in the white house, Did I miss that vote, when did THEY become the President??

  13. Didn’t they just find 80 lbs of cocaine in one of his ships coming from Columbia? How is he still an official of the U.S?

  14. BBob, if you’re talking about the refuse they purchase from us that’s what they want and we sell it to them with no warranty. If it’s pollution from the manufacture of products we buy then it’s up to THEM to take steps to fix the problem. They are an ancient enough of a culture to adapt if they chose. The Chinese built some of the largest wooden vessels and traveled thousands of miles while the Europeans were freaking over a few hundred. I’m quite sure if they would stop acting like the Corporate Conservatives in THIS nation and STOP denying Climate Change like the Conservative MORONS in this nation then there will be change. The Chinese need to clean up their own act.

  15. The cargo ships belong to his father-in-law, the one who financed his political career. I haven’t heard whether the cocaine investigation ended or what.

  16. We could slap the Chinese with such warning labels.

    But then they’d start whinging about that and McConnell and those you worship would scream about ‘unnecessary government regulation’.

  17. Excuse me, is this the self same GOP that constantly snivels about “Obama’s Lawlessness’?

    Just asking…

  18. I don’t disagree with you, the Chinese will have to clean their own house if it is not too late. But, if we do not level the playing field either with some cost adjusted tariffs that take into account their woeful disregard for the environment in order to reduce costs and undercut law abiding American companies or refuse to accept products created under these conditions we will all pay for it in the long run. We are paying for it now with the lack of growth in manufacturing jobs and with the poisoned products that they ship here, see Lumber Liquidators:


  19. Moon,
    I have no love for McConnell, but I do think that in many cases government regulation goes too far. We have created a vast bureaucracy that has become a legislature unto itself with its own police forces and swat teams. The no longer serve the public, but rule over them. The only ones who benefit are the government agencies and the inside companies that benefit from how the regulations are crafted see the big banks and big pharma.


  20. Now,we,the American People have to deal with chickens imported from China and I am hesitant buying chickens except Perdue since they advertise their chickens are not imported,Gov’t & the lobbyist don’t care about us,getting back to McTurtle,he thinks he can pull a Boehner felony,violating the Constitution & thinks he can follow Bonehead,I am still waiting & signed the petition to make him accountable dishonoring this law and I know he is some kind of special, ()crook,liar,conniver but he must pay.

  21. So what is wrong with clean air? Last time I checked, republicans breathe the air the rest of us breathe too. So why wouldn’t they want it to be as clean as possible for them?

    Money isn’t everything, Mitch, even if the kochs tell you it is.

  22. I read this article in the actual newspaper yesterday and it’s so true.

    I remember the smog-filled LA air in the 70’s when we had no less than 30-45 smog alert days (very unhealthy air) and you couldn’t see the mountains or downtown.
    Now, I can’t remember the last one we had.

    Yes, REGULATED California is working just fine.
    Five Things to Know About California’s Historic Step to Limit Carbon Pollution from Transportation Fuels

    Gov. Jerry Brown wants polluters’ fees to help fund high-speed rail

    Inside The $8 Billion California Wind Energy Project

    Wind energy could easily and cost-effectively contribute 20% of California’s electricity supply by 2030.

  23. Until the rest of America wakes up from it’s huge case of denial and calls for the DOJ to prosecute and arrest McConnell. This behavior will continue and get much worse. These people need to be hit hard for their choices.

  24. When will the DOJ serve McConnell, Boehner, the tea party repubs with subpoenas, the Kochs, Plaintiffs of Citizens United & McCutcheon for
    insurrection, sedition
    treason? The Kochs are the leftovers from Papa’s John Birch Society, trying to finish what Papa started years ago!

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