Defying his effort is a growing number of politicians who have a vested interest in him not being allowed to do so.
The latest from the Greenhouse Gas Wars:
Congress should listen to states on the EPAA copy of the letter can be found here.
Charleston Daily Mail editorial
The governors of 18 states and two territories - including Democrats Joe Manchin and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear - have called on Congress to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.
The governors, in a letter to congressional leaders, cited the failure of the administration to weigh the economic fallout of EPA's intention to regulate greenhouse gases.
"As governors, we have the responsibility to protect jobs, promote economic growth and mitigate any threats to financial stability in our states," said the statement. "We oppose EPA regulation of greenhouse gases that fails to account for these responsibilities."
The agency "is not equipped to consider the very real potential for economic harm when regulating emissions," the governors said. "Without that consideration, regulation will place heavy administrative burdens on state environmental quality agencies, will be costly to consumers and could be devastating to the economy and jobs."
In addition, the letter said:
"A simple delay of EPA action will do nothing to provide relief to Americans looking for jobs or for businesses looking to make new investments in our states. Furthermore, such delay of EPA action only creates more uncertainty in a difficult fiscal environment."
The idea that a small group of federal bureaucrats in the nation's capital can - without any input from the representatives of the public - make such huge decisions so cavalierly is exactly why the 13 colonies rebelled some 235 years ago.
The slogan then was no taxation without representation. Today, the cry should be no regulation without representation. [link]
Included among the signatories fighting to protect jobs - Bob McDonnell of Virginia.
Thanks, pal. Those who need your protection most in these troubled times won't forget you for this.