"the future ain't what it used to be"
- executive agencies only have the power Congress has given them, they can't make it up.
- his objectives:
1. process matters -Don't use courts to regulate. 2. rule of law matters-The law is above the king. 3. federalism matters- Pay attention to the states. States around the country (Cal, Tx, Ok, In, Oh, NY) are concerned about the air they breathe. Partner with the states, not be adversarial.
- Republicans don't have to be apologetic about the environment- we believe you can grow the economy & jobs while being a good steward of the environment.
- We are living in a time that will positively impact future generations, like the WWI generation, the Reagan administration did.
-no more managed liberty -believe in the Constitution -roll back the regulatory state -eliminate regulatory certainty- Business people say regulatory uncertainty is the biggest impediment to growth. -If it is ok to say that underestimating climate change is a problem, then shouldn't over estimating climate change be a problem also?
- will Pruitt make the EPA go away?
-he believes the idea is justified based on how the previous administration has used the agency -he hopes to be able to change that -he wants to get the laws right first, not just cut budgets or cut the agency.
- As AG in Oklahoma, he sued the EPA 14 times!
-deservedly, he said; because the EPA acted inconsistent with the statue, disregarding the authority of the states. There have been 56 Federal Implementation Plan regulations forced on states under the Obama Administration. (previous 3 administrations did it 3 times). Not only sued, we won!
- Millennials bought an argument that we cannot be pro energy and pro environment- but we can. I'd like to change that. We are better than that. We take care of water and air and the future for our children.
- He agreed that a lot of this is messaging! He said he will visit and consult with each state. We need to restore trust with states! That we will do what's best for environment.