Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell on criticism by environmental group: 'I must be doing something right' _lowres

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell spoke Tuesday, May 12, 2015, to the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish about the accomplishments of his office.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is responding to a national pro-environmental group that’s targeted him for opposition to the Obama administration’s new EPA carbon emissions rule.

Americans United for Change launched a week-long digital ad campaign aimed at Caldwell and seven other attorneys general to get them to drop court challenges to the rule. The ads calling the eight “anti-environment” and note the “alarming amount of Big Polluter campaign money” each have taken. The message: “Stop Putting Polluters Over People.”

On Tuesday, Caldwell quoted President Ronald Reagan when he responded to a statement that the Russians were angry with him.

“He said ‘if they are angry with me I must be doing something right’. Likewise here, if the irresponsible far left is angry with me regarding my positons against federal intrusion into our rights and our way of life, I must be diong something right,” Caldwell said in a statement issued through his office.

On Monday, Caldwell pledged to re-file a court challenge of the EPA carbon emissions rule, called the Clean Power Plan. He said it would lead to fewer jobs and higher utility bills and amounts to federal overreach. Louisiana and 25 other states filed a lawsuit earlier in an attempt to block finalization of the rule but the suit was dismissed as premature.

“The irresponsible far left is seldom pleased when someone fights back against big government and federal overreach,” Caldwell said. “I will continue to press forward with the positions I have taken and protect the rights and lives of Louisiana citizens.”