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France Ecology Minister Praises 'War on Coal'

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Two of the 12 state attorneys general who have filed suit against President Obama’s new carbon-emissions restrictions took sharp issue last week with French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal’s recent praise of what they consider Obama’s “war on coal.”

Both Attorneys General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia and Alan Wilson of South Carolina also made clear to Newsmax their feelings that the remarks of Royal (made during an official visit to the U.S. last month) about a matter pending before U.S. courts were not grounded in facts.

At a press breakfast at the French ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., June 9, Royal told Newsmax that Obama is "most committed" on the issue of climate change.

However, she added, the Republican-controlled Congress "may not be as committed."

Royal, considered the third ranking official in the government of French President Francois Hollande, said that "it is possible to move forward if there are blockages in Congress," as Obama did "when he uses all power within his authority" — a reference to his controversial executive order mandating stricter regulations for carbon emissions.

Morrisey, who initiated the suit against the executive order, shot back that “across the globe, many countries and their leaders, including Minister Royal, will soon see that President Obama's efforts to unilaterally advance such far-reaching climate change regulations will likely fail.

“The fact remains that his administration lacks the legal authority to impose such sweeping policies that reorder states' electricity portfolios and erode consumers’ demand for coal. No one should count on this climate change rule being upheld by the courts — a federal agency has never tried to advance such a massive rule in this manner before.”

Morrisey cited a recent announcement that as many as 1,800 coal-mining jobs may be lost in West Virginia as a result of the new EPA regulations and noted that “unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. For every direct coal mining job lost, up to seven other jobs are lost." (Morrisey spoke shortly after announcing he would seek re-election next year rather than run for governor of West Virginia. One of the reasons cited for his decision was his involvement in litigation he felt was crucial to the Mountaineer State, among them the suit over Obama’s new carbon restrictions).

“The French ecology minister is lucky that she has the freedom to expound on environmental theories without weighing the facts of the matter,” South Carolina’s Wilson said, “and the reality that unilateral EPA actions impose a tremendous cost on our state, our economy, and our families through significantly higher energy bills.”

Wilson pointed out that “more than ever before, attorneys general have been active on issues related to the EPA because this administration and the president continue to ignore the Constitution and act as if they are above the law.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 


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Two of the 12 state attorneys general who have filed suit against President Obama’s new carbon-emissions restrictions took sharp issue last week with French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal’s recent praise of what they consider Obama’s “war on coal.”
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