Oklahoma Pushes Back Against EPA Emissions Regulations

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Georgia Power's coal-fired steam-turbine electric generating Plant Bowen in Euharlee, Georgia, about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta is seen from a commercial airliner on September 12, 2009. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty)

Oklahoma, a state with deep ties to coal and oil, is asserting its right to resist new regulations on carbon dioxide emissions. It's a squabble that escalated after President Obama outlined the cornerstone of his climate policy in a speech at Georgetown University last June.

“Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from our power plants," said the President. "But here’s the thing: Right now, there are no federal limits to the amount of carbon pollution that those plants can pump into our air. None. Zero. We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury and sulfur and arsenic in our air or our water, but power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free. That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop."

The President has since instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to issue newly proposed regulations on power plant emissions on June 2.

But Oklahoma is saying not so fast. Attorney General Scott Pruitt and state lawmakers are questioning the EPA's legal authority to impose limits state by state. Attorney General Pruitt has already sued the EPA in a dispute over regional haze, and he says there may be more lawsuits ahead unless emissions regulations are checked.


Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]


It's crazy to have "limits" on amts. of hazardous chemicals in the air and water, and not have limits on emissions from toxic power plants. There should be fines levied for polluters.

State legislators will not put their jobs in jeopard - duh. Legislators would rather pollute the air and water than clean up the environment.

When companies pollute the tax payer is the one who pays. Scott Pruitt fails to care about tax payers pocket books in favor of letting companies pollute. He cares not for those down-wind of his state's pollution - and THAT is why the EPA should be enacting limits and backing up with fines.

May. 23 2014 11:54 AM

Pruitt was excellent. This is how republicans should always respond. When dealing with the liberal media going on offensive rather than sounding apologetic and playing defense is much more effective.

May. 21 2014 08:55 PM

If the bros don't seem anti science it's prob cuz they're not. It's clear that not all climate change is due to human activity and that we are in a warming tree now. It's difficult to prove and there are a ton of idiots with no sci background vilifying anyone w/ an alternative view pt

May. 21 2014 02:37 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt removed his gas mask to release some hot air of his own on The Takeaway this morning. The country gagged on his carbon dioxide emissions and begged to just breathe in the regional haze left by the Power Plants.

May. 21 2014 12:54 PM

Air and water know no boundaries. The foul air of Oklahoma is the foul air of the rest of our country.

May. 21 2014 09:15 AM

What doth it profit to save the economy but sacrifice the planet?

May. 21 2014 09:12 AM

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