Pockets for global warming

If a nation turns against practices which power global warming, can areas in that nation turn themselves into oppositional pockets?  Case in point: Kentucky’s legislature is considering measures to become “a sanctuary state” for expanded coal-mining.
How does a state secede* to promote global warming?  Two ways.  First,  blame federal government practice, not science:

[chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Brandon Smith (R)] said he got the idea for the resolution after hearing about “sanctuary cities” that declare themselves exempt from federal immigration law.
“We’re doing it to raise awareness of the fact that the federal government is overreaching into parts of our economy and it’s having a negative impact on Kentucky,” Smith said.

(Interesting use of the immigration law analogy.  Is immigration a live issue in Kentucky these days?)

Second, target environmentalism, or environmental law enforcement:

[T]he Kentucky House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment unanimously approved a bill that seeks to exempt coal mines that sell coal for use in Kentucky from the federal Clean Water Act. That bill, as well as the “sanctuary state” bill, were both introduced as a reaction to stepped-up enforcement of Clean Water Act regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration.
These committee moves come after – in response to? – a half-week sit-in of the Kentucky governor’s office by protesters opposed to more coal mining and burning.
* Yes, “secede” is hyperbole.  I’m using the term to emphasize the state-vs-federal dynamic here, the heritage of American secession, the inter-state impact of a state-only move, and the extremity of the move.  Maybe “secede in practice” is better.  Or “global warming nullification”.
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1 Response to Pockets for global warming

  1. Freedom, by the way says:

    I find this really amusing. (Even though I know it’s not a funny topic). Kentucky wants to turn the tables on the EPA by using the “santuary city” tactic. I like the creative thinking there!

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