Jindal: Legal action 'on the table' to combat EPA rules
June 16th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
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Jindal: Legal action 'on the table' to combat EPA rules

(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" in efforts to counter the Obama administration's proposed restrictions on carbon emission from power plants.

The Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said Washington is waging a "war on coal," calling the EPA rules part of a "radical ideology" in President Barack Obama's energy policy.

Jindal joined three other Republican governors, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's also considering a run for the White House, in arguing the environmental protection agency's actions would harm their states' economies and raise energy prices.

The White House has taken on climate change as a top issue in Obama's second term, announcing earlier this month proposed restrictions on power plants that would reduce emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Obama's rollout of the administration's new effort to reduce the nation's biggest source of pollution blamed for global warming has incited a firestorm of criticism from Congress and sparked a multimillion-dollar campaign backed by the energy industry seeking to debunk the science of climate change.

The restrictions on coal, Jindal said, are just the starting point for the EPA's overreach.

"First it's coal, then it's going to be oil and gas," he said.

Asked by a reporter at the Houston news conference what - besides political rhetoric - the GOP state executives plan on doing to combat the regulations, Jindal said first and foremost Congress needs to do a better job of oversight of the agency, but litigation is the next step.

"I think there's a very real, good chance of litigation, not only initiated by the states - I think you're going to see industries and others," he said

"I think this is an area absolutely ripe for litigation, and I say that as someone who doesn't normally favor litigation."

Perry called the proposed rules an "unwarranted, unmanageable and, I might say, unconstitutional power grab."

The Texas governor and 2012 presidential candidate, said Obama "continues to wage this war on American energy simply to appease what appears to me to be a tiny sliver of environmental extremists."

Jindal and Perry, flanked by Govs. Matt Mead from Wyoming and Jack Dalrymple from North Dakota, slammed the administration's delay on approving the Keystone pipeline - a 1,179-mile-long project that would move oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.

Jindal tacked onto his willingness to use legal action over the issue the prediction that voters in this year's midterm elections would highlight the unpopularity of the White House's energy policies, forecasting a wave of Republican support to take back control of the U.S. Senate.

With carbon limits, Obama creates drama for Democrats

But Republicans aren't the only ones opposed to Obama's recent push to combat climate change with energy regulations. As 2014 election campaigns ramp up, Democratic candidates from states with large coal industries are distancing themselves from the White House over the politically caustic issue.

The Democratic National Committee pounced on the news conference, calling the GOP governors' comments "the same old misinformation and scare tactics" in an email blast.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Energy • Environmental policy • EPA • Rick Perry
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  1. rs

    The Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said Washington is waging a "war on coal," calling the EPA rules part of a "radical ideology" in President Barack Obama's energy policy.
    What about the GOP's rather radical "War on the Environment" in exchange for cold, hard campaign cash?

    June 16, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. CryBabies

    Sonny "read my blog" Chapman. And your point?

    June 16, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Tommy

    Jindal is just trying (fruitlessly) to score some cheap points w/voters for his 2016 run, except (fortunately) he has ZERO CHANCE of winning, since he won't make it past the GOP primary, where bigoted, dark-skin averse GOP voters will scream "raghead" at him once they find out his kin is from another region–a place where, among other things, some people wear turbans.

    Good 'ol bobby, or should I say "piyush" has no future in the GOP.

    June 16, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Richard in Houston

    Marian. So many words. So little substance.

    June 16, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. t

    ........gop wont be happy until the shrimp can be fried,....in its own oil.

    June 16, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. marc

    Geez, Marian. Not sure how sorry your state's education system was, but it's obvious you can't offer comment about the article at hand. The really ridiculous inference is that you read an entire book.

    June 16, 2014 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Jason

    So let me get this straight.....The ding dong repubs continue to freak out about Benghazi and the 4 deaths caused by some mistaken US intelligence reactions but they won't cop to the 4,300+ Americans that have died during the war? They won't cop to the denial of global warming at the hands of the industrial complex, the results of which are going to be the single most destructive thing to human health in recorded history. They won't cop to slashing social programs, and education budgets that support so many, but now leave 1 in 5 kids going to bed hungry at night and legions of young adults who either cannot or will not be able to afford college? Let's not even get into gun laws....ugh. The biggest problem is that we're so brainwashed as a nation that we don't even realize that these cretins are screwing us at ever turn....and we keep re-electing them. Benghazi is a non-starter when we can't even feed, educate, or provide nationalized healthcare for our own citizens. The Repubs and the righty business plutocracy really does want Americans to be sicker, fatter, dumber, and poorer so that we can be more easily manipulated and have fewer choices....does that sound the party of personal freedoms to you? Isn't that supposed to be the basis of the Repubby platform? Never before have we seen such hypocrisy from the people who are supposed to care for the citizens of the US

    June 16, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. MaryM

    Some of the Louisiana residents are the poorest citizens in the U.S. with No Health Insurance. And that caring Governor Jindal could not expand Medicaid to Help the poorest citizens of Louisiana!

    June 16, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Liz the First

    How far will the republicans go to continue being part of the problem? coal is destroying the planet. we need to move beyond fossil fuels if we want to maintain a livable environment for ourselves and our kids. we need to stop listening to the politicians in the coal industry's pockets who care more about money than our kids' lives.

    June 16, 2014 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. alex

    Marian- if there is any dereliction of duty it is by the GOP who cut State Dept spending for security details. Clinton is not herself personally in charge of security details. But go ahead and keep trampling on the bodies of four Americans to throw another American under the bus.

    June 16, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Tom l

    I have to say it's pretty ironic to read comments from Sniffit about me stifling debate by making comments about obvious positions that all of the gang members hold and then read about him complaining that I'm stifling debate as he calls anybody that disagrees with Obama and/or dems a bigot or a racist. Wake up, kid. You are the debate stifler. I am making obvious observations.

    June 16, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. willhaas

    There is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate. CO2 is necessary for hydrocarbon life on this planet. All animals are sources of CO2 and keep emitting it to our atmosphere. If CO2 is so bad then the EPA must ban all forms of CO2 emission including any form of hydrocarbon oxidation io include that performed by living organisms. CO2 is CO2 no matter what the source.

    The primary greenhouse gas in our atmosphere is H2O and it provides negative feedbacks to changes in CO2 in our atmosphere so as to mitigate any possible effect that CO2 might have on climate. H2O is also vital to life on our planet but if CO2 is bad then H2O is worse and all sources of H2O must likewise be eliminated including revaporization from bodies of water and wet ground and all forms of hydrocarbon oxidation including that performed by living things.

    June 16, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Winston Smith

    Who needs clean air and clean drinking water. What we need is more and more corporate pollution cluttering up the landscape. Many of these corporate boot licking republicans wont be satisfied until birth defects are detected in 50% of the population. Maybe then they'll get the idea that someone needs to clean up the environment. Nah! It'll never cross their minds.

    June 16, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. S. B. Stein

    I wonder what will happen when whoever claims to be a scientist is found being totally funded by the fossil fuel industry and they are the only ones disputing the science... I guess there are some who cling to things that are just plain wrong. I'd ask where their counter proof is of it not happening.

    June 16, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Oh please, when is this creep just going to slither away?

    June 16, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Former republican, now an independent

    Bobby Jindal. Another chronic complainer with no solutions. Being a native of the south, it is embarrassing that these current day southern governors are all following in the footsteps of past "redneck" governors like Haley Barbour who was all mouth and no substance!

    June 16, 2014 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. storm chaser 101

    Bobby jindle is a shill for the oil and gas industry.remember macondo oil well blowout!

    June 16, 2014 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Bubba

    Louisiana is a dung hole anyway. Let's take the resources out of there and turn it into a landfill. The GOP will support this plan as it shows how strong their Family Values are as they turn Louisiana into New Jersey.

    June 17, 2014 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  19. A J

    Now I know why Cajun-type food is so prevalent in the South. Everything pulled out of the Gulf has absorbed so much oil that it catches fire when you cook it. When the fires die down it becomes blackened, just like a lot of Cajun food.

    June 17, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  20. YoonYoungJo

    A power grab? By who? Mother Nature? The only ones who benefit from the reduction in carbon emissions, the only thing that gains power from the reduction is mother nature. So i guess if you consider Mother Nature a real entitiy then yes, it could be a power grab for MN. With that said, maybe if Jindal spoke with rhe Prwsident and asked for extension so these power plants could figure out ways to resuce their emissions, that could work. Although they have had time and knew rhe requirwd reduction was going to be necessary. Im wondering if Jindal has kids or grand kids. Lets try and preserve the planet for them. If thw Govt offered large tax breaks and incetives for xompanies to research methods to actually remove carbon and methane from the air or clean the air.

    June 17, 2014 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. j.v.hodgson

    Jindal Perry .... go to it!! The Republican way head towards the Republican biased Scotus and challenge climate change ( as non existent) and QED that regulations from the EPA with an effective 20 – 30 year compliance period are illegal / not needed.
    The scare mongering re Oil companies is nonsense...... new ways of energy creation have to be found and Hydrogen powered cars and Fusion technology are a far bigger threat to Oil and coal than this EPA legislation necessary until the " new science" makes the debate irrelevant.

    June 17, 2014 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Mr. Mardi Gras is against saving the Earth. What else is new?
    I thought he didn't want his party to be stupid but he's first in line. I wonder where he gets his seafood from now that the Gulf has been contaminated for years.
    BTW – you are NOT going to be president either.

    June 17, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  23. MC

    The more dead Louisianans from pollution the better – fewer scum sucking ignorami to vote for Jindal.

    June 17, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
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