Okla. Labor Commissioner Takes On EPA, Federal/State Bureaucracy (Video)

By:  William F. Jasper
Okla. Labor Commissioner Takes On EPA, Federal/State Bureaucracy (Video)

Like many state and local officials across the country who are struggling against federal EPA regulations that are strangling their economies, Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello is frustrated — and fed up.

“They are shutting down a perfectly good [Oklahoma] coal plant,” Commissioner Costello told The New American. “They’re shutting it down. Why? Because they want to give a sacrificial lamb to the feds, to say ‘We’ve shut this one down.’ It’s clean; the average cost of the energy input into that plant is 1.25 cents per kilowatt-hour. Steady, clean coal. And yet they want to shut it down, which will raise — double digits — the costs of all Oklahomans’ energy, including big business. Not good. Not good for Oklahoma. Not good that we have surrendered on a sue-to-settle basis our sovereign rights to the EPA.”

Commissioner Costello is one of a number of public officials, entrepreneurs, and constitutionalist leaders interviewed by The New American during a recent trip to the Sooner State. (See: Surgery Center of Oklahoma Leads the Way in Healthcare [Videos] and Brogdon Brings Constitutionalist Issues to Oklahoma’s Open Senate Race [Video].)

In the video interview available at the link below, Mr. Costello explains that “the burden of regulation is overwhelming” and a major force that has been driving American jobs overseas.

“For every one law that comes out of our representatives in Congress, 56 ‘laws’ come out of the bureaucracy. Fifty-six to 1!”

Click here to read the entire article and see video interview.

Photo: Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello

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