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Oklahoma Working to Ban EPA

, January 30, 2014 (27 comments)

Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn (Creative Commons)

Apparently, the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency has royally irritated Okies one time too many: Between a lawsuit and legislation, Oklahoma is actively working toward nullifying the EPA‘s presumptuous reach and alleged authority that impacts the state.

Oklahoma State Senator Patrick Anderson has submitted for State Congressional consideration SB1167 recently. This legislation will not completely obliterate all of the EPA’s action but focuses tightly on those rules and actions not passed by Congress or authorized by the U.S. Constitution.

Section 1.A. reads,

“The Legislature declares that the rulemaking authority of the Environmental Protection Agency is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma, shall not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

It also notes a requirement of the state legislature to take all necessary action to block EPA’s enforcement “authority” if the conditions above are not met:

“It shall be the duty of the Legislature of this state to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency which are not specifically authorized by the Congress of the United States or specifically adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature.”

SB1167 is closely tied to a lawsuit either pending filing or just filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The lawsuit challenges the EPA’s expansion of the Clean Air Act. Mr. Pruitt testified to the U.S. Congress about th EPA, and his comments included,

“The EPA seems to have the view that the states are merely a vessel to implement whatever policies and regulations the administration sees fit, regardless of the wisdom, cost or efficiency of such measures.”

This lawsuit is not the first time Pruitt has directly challenged the EPA in court. He has taken on another battle regarding regional haze.

SB1167 would have no impact on operations and guidelines of its own agency, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

Since the Senate Bill has just been introduce, it still has a long journey ahead to vote procedures.

Good luck, Oklahoma!We’re pulling for you!

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  • Well Done

    The EPA is really only an example of a symptom. That symptom is, laws made and enforced entirely outside constitutional provisions. The real problem is, hard left academics think the constitution is “old” and needs upgrading… which only reminds us how ignorant academics can be.

    • AverageJoe1987

      How ignorant liberals are you mean.

    • Wake up America

      And even that is a symptom of a larger picture. The idea of ‘progressivism’ comes from the idea that evolution is a reality. Because we are evolving, we must change our culture and society to reflect how much we have evolved as a species.
      The ‘evidence’ that our society is changing in turn becomes ‘evidence’ supporting evolution and viola: you have a circular argument that excludes God from the equation.

      Look at how so many are deliberately downplaying the role of history in our society. So many people say if its history, its in the past and we need to leave it there. These people forget that we need to learn from the mistakes of the past. That is the reason we study history.
      The old saying is true: Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who study history know that history does repeat itself. There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiates 1:9

      We now have several generations who ignore the facts of history because it doesn’t support their pet theories. Thus the constitution as written (since it is over 200 years old) must be updated to fit our ‘new’ ideas of reality.

      • DeeDee

        Those who think they are God obviously don’t feel they need another one.

      • DeeDee

        Those who think they are God obviously don’t feel they need another one.

  • Joe Chicago

    If some cities and some states can ignore federal pot laws, why not just ignore the EPA? We’re now a nation of you can pick and chose what laws you want to follow.

    • DeeDee

      I don’t understand your comment. States rights is what this country is what this country has always been about.

      • TN-Patriot

        I think he means that since marijuana is illegal on a federal level and that law isn’t being enforced, why should we do as the EPA, a federal agency, says. The federal government isn’t cracking down on pot use so it’d be hypocritical to enforce federal regulation in some instances but not others. Granted this is the federal government we’re talking about so making sense isn’t exactly on their to-do list…

        • DeeDee

          Gotcha 8 )

    • DeeDee

      I don’t understand your comment. States rights is what this country is what this country has always been about.

  • Chet Walker

    I think I’m gonna cry. This makes me so happy I can’t stand it.

  • John Richardson

    That would be the same state that traffics native children of course, bless their little snake handling hearts…

    • Linda Reed

      John Richardson..You seem to know nothing of our state. We cherish and respect native Americans .(Most of us fall in that category) I know of noone who is a snake handler. You need to get your facts straight before you malign a group of people. I find your comment very offensive..

      • John Richardson

        Then why has your state allowed the illegal adoption of native American children Ms. Reed. Stealing children is something satan would smile upon. Your entire state is in fact part of the lands unlawfully taken from the native people Ms. Reed, perhaps you can tell me where in the Bible I can find where JESUS said we could make agreements, break them with impunity and violence and eventually just keep everything without repercussion Ms. Reed.

        If you believe in God Ms. Reed, then your state, and this nation will be most harshly judged by God for it’s collective sin, starting with the ongoing sin we commit daily against the native people in refusing to restore them to what is rightfully theirs.

        Get thee behind me Ms. Reed, your words are the hissing of serpents.

  • marmo43

    I am a believer. I believe God knows the beginning and the end of everything. When He created man, He gave man the wisdom to invent what he needs. Don’t you think God took all these things into account. There is no global warming. that is a fallacy encouraged by the liberals and al gore. mostly because they are getting rich from it. It is a bunch of hooey…..I applaud Oklahoma for taking these steps, hopefully the rest of the states will follow suit…

    • John Richardson

      more hissing serpents I see.

      Our Creator made us from the dirt of your Mother Earth, to live with her in harmony, not rape her and spit on her as you do.

  • MarkLancaster

    Why would Oklahoma need anyone to watch over their air or water? Breathing dirty air and drinking dirty water won’t harm anyone.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/11/07/141990498/powdery-pollution-coats-oklahoma-town

  • Jason Lewis

    It’s ok. If Oklahoma bans the EPA Obama will make a executive order overiding Oklahoma. (sarcasm)

    • John Richardson

      yeah, it’s not like any republican ever used executive orders, or signing statements you sad little hypocrite

    • MarkLancaster

      President Obama has made fewer Executive Orders than his predecessors.

  • louise

    The EPA was created because Congress are cowards who don’t want to be responsible for bills directly and take the heat for them. With an unaccountable agency making laws without Congressional authority they are accountable to no one.

  • Joseph C. Krywalski

    Good for them!! It just another money pit of the government to push the Ideas of a few that STILL think they know what’s right for AMERICANS !!

  • Gale Lett

    I’m an expatriate Okie. I was raised there, and I’m glad to see they still have that Sooner fighting spirit. You go Sooners!

  • The New Abolitionist

    More states need to do the same and stand with Oklahoma against a government run amok.