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Re: E-M:/ Cox says coal ban is illegal



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You can bet Mike Cox will run for governor in the next election cycle. This seems like a good measure of where he stands, and environmental issues are good measures of a whole bunch of social and economic issues.

Heads up LCV et al.

--On Saturday, February 21, 2009 10:02 AM -0500 HAMILTREEF@aol.com wrote:


Cox says coal ban is illegal AG: Decision to deny permits for new plants exceeds gov's authority.

LANSING -- State Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday that Gov. Jennifer
Granholm exceeded her legal authority this month when she directed state
regulators to deny permits for new coal-fired power plants if there were
"feasible and prudent alternatives," such as wind and solar.

"Governors can sign bills into law, but they cannot write them. That is
the legislature's job," Cox said in a statement. "If the governor wants
to pursue changes to law, the legislature is the proper forum."

Granholm disagreed with Cox's decision and said she would take the matter
to the federal Environmental Protection Agency for clarification.

"As a former attorney general, the governor believes he has misread both
state and federal law," said Liz Boyd, the governor's press secretary.

 http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090221/POLITICS/90221037
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