Just when you thought it could not get any possibly worse than it already does for Kentucky's reputation in the United States, it gets worse. Jim Gooch, the worst legislator that is currently a member of the Democratic Party, says that secession is an option. I'd like to know whether the pot he is smoking is legal.
"Secession is an option," Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, who has long been the Democrat’s top guy on the environment in the Kentucky House of Representatives, told me recently as I interviewed him for a story previewing what the Kentucky General Assembly might do on the environment this winter.It would be nice if Kentucky could turn to cleaner energy. It's unfortunate that in small town Kentucky, mining is all that these folks know.
Now he wasn’t predicting that the General Assembly was going to vote to leave the Union. But the committee chairman of many years who expects to be returned to his natural resources committee post this week, was making the case for a strongly worded resolution against the EPA. Such a resolution would not have any force of law but it could perhaps embolden federal legislators to trim the sails of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Gooch wanted me to know how frustrated some of his constituents are with the EPA, which has mounted a crackdown on pollution from mining across Appalachia and has tried to shrink the footprint of mountaintop removal mining.[...]
Gooch, who is a vice president of a western Kentucky steel company that does business with coal companies, and has taken provocative positions on the environment before, said he wanted Kentucky residents to know that secession was "an option," even as he described that as sounding "radical."
"If you keep pushing us, we are not going to let you totally destroy us," Gooch said of the federal government.
Of course, secession has a bloody history in the United States. Think Civil War and 600,000 dead.
I'm with the EPA on this one. We need clean water above all.