Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Says Federal Overreach Will Keep West Virginia in Poverty
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement today following President Obama’s announcement to combat climate change:
"I am deeply disappointed by President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress in his zeal to force his climate change agenda on America.
“The President said today he wanted to make the United States a global leader in the war against climate change. But his battle plan will lead West Virginia further into an abyss of poverty, putting thousands of jobs at risk and putting the state’s budget in jeopardy.
“Here in West Virginia, we plan to review every word of every line of every page of these devastating proposals to develop ideas for how West Virginia can fight back. Since West Virginia is ground zero in the Administration’s callous plans to expand poverty, our state must do everything possible to prevent violations of the Constitution and the rule of law. Our children deserve that and more.
“One of the proposals President Obama introduced today was a plan to impose the first ever regulations on emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. These regulations directly attack mining and our state. Amazingly, the President doesn’t seem to see any future for coal in the American economy, or the global economy. These regulations, if left unchecked, will doom West Virginia to continue on its cycle of poverty."