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Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, has published an op-ed in Kentucky’s Lexington Herald-Leader urging states to defy federal efforts to implement a clean fuels program, championed by the president. This seems a striking disconnect from the will of the American people, whom Reuters found to be strongly in favor of efforts to combat greenhouse gases. Educated opinion also suggests that any such efforts at the state level would be likely to backfire. McConnell, for his part, claims that the clean fuel proposals would immeasurably damage Kentucky’s economy. The New York Times provides coverage: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/us/politics/mcconnell-urges-states-to-defy-us-plan-to-cut-greenhouse-gas.html?_r=0

Stay tuned, coming up next: Mitch McConnell’s passionate plea to today’s youth to support the American economy by taking up smoking in grade school.