Alabama’s attorney general had a message for U.S. senators contemplating limits on emissions tied to global warming: Resist.
AG Luther Strange opposes the Obama administration’s rules that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent over the next 16 years. Of course, that’s not news. Strange, like a long list of Alabama attorneys general before him, is most comfortable in a position of opposition to the federal government.
Nope, the news is how Strange made his case against the proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules. Fighting global warming with these guidelines will feel like a federal government boot heel on the necks of Alabamians, he suggested.
Senators on the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee might get the impression from listening to Strange that Alabama has its act together on environmental protection.
Um, not quite.
Alabama’s environmental watchdog is an under-fed old hound who is chained to the porch. When it comes to protecting Alabamians from dirty air and water, this dog can’t and won’t hunt.
One senator was there to offer a different perspective, one we’re sad to report puts Alabama, a state rich with natural assets, on the losing side of protecting the environment.
“Isn’t it true that Alabama lost all recent major Clean Air Act cases?” asked Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who then went on to cite several federal environmental rules that Alabama unsuccessfully challenged.
Strange replied, “I don’t doubt what you’re saying, senator. I don’t recall.”
Boxer: “You don’t recall losing those cases?”
Strange: “Well I do, and I think you’re right. Yes ma’am.”
We think Alabama’s attorney general should rethink his opposition.