MORRISEY: Obama EPA Needs To Be Killed

President Trump Will Help West Virginia
Opinion
By Patrick J. Morrisey, (R)
West Virginia Attorney General

Patrick J. Morrisey

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s time for some special holiday cheer. In West Virginia, we received some good news this week, as Donald Trump overcame a furious grassroots lobbying campaign to prevail in the Electoral College vote.

I was humbled to serve as one of five electors in West Virginia and I cast my vote to support the will of the people. Donald Trump earned close to 69 percent of the popular vote in West Virginia, which made my Electoral College decision to vote for Trump pretty straightforward.

As you know, one of the reasons I supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton was because of his promise to help coal miners get back to work. To that end, I recently authored a letter with 23 other states asking President-elect Trump to work with me to withdraw the Obama Power Plan early in his Administration.  This regulation — which I helped bring to a halt in February of 2016 when my Office prevailed at the US Supreme Court  — needs to be killed permanently, as it has already had a devastating impact on our state.

I remain hopeful that we will be able to tame the EPA under a Trump Administration, so that it refocuses its mission on protecting our air and water, instead of issuing sweeping new and unlawful regulations which seek to erode the power of the states.

Time will tell, but I am optimistic, especially after seeing some of Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet picks. Trump’s nominees are generally very good for West Virginia. I hope the Senate swiftly confirms Scott Pruitt, the nominee for the EPA,  Senator Jeff Sessions, as Attorney General, and Congressman Tom Price, the nominee for the Department of Health and Human Services. These nominees know our state and care deeply about the rule of law.

In addition to our EPA work, we are also continuing our aggressive fight against opioid addiction in our state. As you know, we created the first substance abuse fighting unit in the AG’s office in 2013 and we don’t intend to slow down our work anytime soon. It’s always been my goal to attack this problem holistically — from a supply, demand, and educational perspective.

I think we are making a difference in this fight and the numbers will soon bear that out.   When I took over as Attorney General, the office was an absolute mess, with no substance abuse fighting capability, except to file lawsuits from time to time.

We have gone much, much further and have more plans in the works.

While the election is in our rear view mirror, I want to once again thank you for all of your support. We rolled up some significant margins in the general election, even though my opponent spent many millions of his inherited personal fortune trying to knock me out. We won — thanks to you.

In the days, weeks, and months ahead, I hope I have an opportunity to personally meet you and learn from your perspectives. In the meantime, though, please have a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday, and a great New Year.

Let’s be thankful that we can all celebrate the holidays this year with hope and good spirits.