Malloy says he will take Rick Perry to court to fight for clean air


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy says he will have no choice but to go to court against the Trump Administration if former Texas Governor Rick Perry becomes Secretary of Energy.

The Governor saying that appointing a person to lead the very federal agency he called to eliminate is “an affront to taxpayers.” Governor Malloy says the U.S. Department of Energy has been led by renown scientists that agree that humankind is responsible for climate change, something that Rick Perry questions.Related Content: Trump selects Rick Perry as energy secretary

Three years ago Rick Perry visited Colt firearms in West Hartford and held a luncheon for firearms makers that were upset about the Sandy Hook gun law. It was also when other big companies were complaining about Connecticut’s ever changing tax policies.

Perry made a very sharp jab at Malloy saying, “The states that have tax policy, regulatory policy, that fits into your scheme, if you will, are going to be the states that get ahead.”Related Content: Malloy, Texas governor differ on gun legislation

Now, the former Texas Governor has been selected to be U.S. Energy Secretary in the Trump Administration and Malloy is jabbing back, “I think our environment is in jeopardy,”

The Governor says the air you breath in Greater New Haven and the rest of Connecticut is in jeopardy because Perry doesn’t believe in climate change,  and has publicly expressed preference for carbon based fuel exclusively, and believes that incentives for alternative energy sources like solar, that Connecticut has pushed hard, should be rolled back.Related Content: Rick Perry indictment goes before Texas’ top criminal court

Adds Malloy,  “We carry more than our fair share of the burden of cleaning up the United States, in part, because of pollution that flows into our state from other states that have not been required to meet the same standards that we’re required to meet.”  That was about to be equalized by the Obama Administration, but is tied up in court and President Elect Trump has said he does not support those policies.

Malloy says Connecticut will have no choice but to take Trump and Perry to court in an effort to force the other states to comply.

“Some of these nominees are so clearly unqualified they are undermined by conflicts of interest,” Said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) adding,   “They are opposed to the mission of the agency they’re appointed to lead.”

Senator Blumenthal says there are Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate that have problems with Perry and with another Texas oil proponent; Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Blumenthal says right now he’s inclined to vote against both of them.

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