Saturday, October 24, 2015
24 States Sue EPA Over President Obama's Coal Regulations
A coalition of 24 states and a coal mining company filed lawsuits Friday to challenge President Obama’s climate change rule for power plants. The climate rule, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, seeks a 32 percent cut in the power sector’s carbon emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. Each state has been assigned a specific emissions goal based on its unique circumstances, with flexibility in how the goals are met.
The litigants accuse the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of going far beyond the authority Congress granted to it by ordering a significant transformation of states’ electricity generation, moving away from fossil fuels like coal and toward lower-carbon sources like wind and solar power.
The states joining West Virginia are Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Arizona and North Carolina.
The EPA said its rule is legal and will pass all court challenges.
The attorneys general of 15 liberal states, along with the District of Columbia and New York City, are planning to intervene in the lawsuit to support the EPA. Those state and city officials, led by New York State, said in August that they “fully anticipate defending the rules if they are challenged in court.” (The Hill, 10/23/2015)