Were it not for a few votes here and there at selected Ohio precincts, a red state attorney general might not have been in the purple state of Colorado on Wednesday to personally argue against an Environmental Protection Agency overreach.
But Ohio went blue in November. Barack Obama won another term. The EPA is being placed under a new administrator, one who may be more zealous than her predecessor.
So Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt made the trip to Denver to argue before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case pitting the EPA against the state of Oklahoma, the largest state electric utility and the people who pay the highest electric bills. This is the “regional haze” case stemming from a determination that visibility at wildlife refuges indicates the presence of pollution tied to coal-fired power plants.
The state and utilities offered a mitigation plan that would have gradually switched electricity generation to cleaner fuels. The EPA rejected the plan. It put the utilities on notice that they'd have to shutter the coal plants or install expensive scrubbers.