What They’re Saying – Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Lead Charge to Stop EPA’s Illegal Carbon Emissions Rule


“This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the nation’s history”

Bipartisan Group of State Attorneys General Seek Delay of EPA’s Illegal Carbon Emissions Rule

“Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia asked a federal court to stall Obama administration rules intended to cut the fossil fuel’s use and slow climate change. The request on Thursday is the first move by states to block President Barack Obama’s landmark initiative. It would freeze current regulations as they work to undo the new rules.” (Bloomberg News, “Obama Climate-Change Rules Fought as States Seek Delay,” August 13, 2015)


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Calls EPA’s Plan “The Most Far-Reaching Energy Regulation in the Nation’s History”

“This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the nation’s history,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, said in a statement announcing the court filing. The federal Environmental Protection Agency “simply does not have the legal authority to carry it out.” (Bloomberg News, “Obama Climate-Change Rules Fought as States Seek Delay,” August 13, 2015)


Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Calls EPA’s Illegal Regulations an “Overreach of Historic Proportions”

“EPA’s rule is an overreach of historic proportions, and this regulation of electrical power generation goes far beyond what Congress authorized the agency to do. We are mindful of environmental concerns, but when EPA oversteps its legal authority, states including Indiana have an obligation to challenge EPA’s actions to allow court review and seek to halt the economically harmful regulations from taking effect,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, whose office represents state government in court. (Press Release, August 3, 2015)


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Calls EPA’s Illegal Regulations a Violation of the Clean Air Act

“I am deeply concerned by yet another executive action taken by President Obama and the EPA that violates the Clean Air Act and causes the price of electricity to increase, placing jobs at risk and costing Michigan families more.” (Press Release, August 3, 2015)


Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson Says EPA’s Unchecked Regulation will drive Up “Costs for All Nebraskans”

“Nebraska will challenge the final rule and EPA’s legal authority to adopt the regulations,” Peterson said. “Left unchecked, this inappropriate jurisdictional overreach of the federal government will have serious consequences by driving electrical costs up for all Nebraskans across our state.” (Omaha World-Herald, “Nebraska will challenge the EPA emissions rule, attorney general says,” August 4, 2015)


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office Says EPA’s Carbon Emissions Rule Is Unconstitutional

“The Obama administration’s plan to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that power companies make generating electricity is just plain unconstitutional, say the attorneys general of West Virginia, Ohio and a growing number of other states. And they are going to try to prove that in federal court. “We are part of the multi-state group, which has grave concerns about the effect of this rule,” said Daniel Tierney, spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, “and we anticipate mounting a legal challenge.” (Cleveland.com, “Ohio will sue EPA over Obama’s Clean Power Plan,” August 5, 2015)


Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Says EPA’s Illegal Regulation “Threatens the Reliability and Affordability of Power for Consumers and Businesses Across This Country”

“The president could announce the most ‘state friendly’ plan possible, but it would not change the fact that the administration doesn’t have the legal authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from these sources because these sources are already being regulated and the Act prohibits this sort of double regulation. The most important detail left out today, however, is the fact the Clean Power Plan threatens the reliability and affordability of power for consumers and business across this country. Oklahoma is suing the EPA over the Clean Power Plan because we are asking the federal government to comply with the Clean Air Act, not because we need more time and flexibility to implement this unlawful plan. My office will continue to challenge the EPA as long as the administration continues to pursue this unlawful rule,” Attorney General Pruitt said. (Press Release, August 3, 2015)


South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Concerned “EPA Has Exceeded Authority Granted By Congress”

“We all recognize the importance of protecting our environment and developing energy efficiency, but I am concerned the EPA has exceeded its authority granted by Congress and reduced the decision-making authority of our State. The EPA’s actions will directly affect energy costs and potential energy availability to South Dakota consumers. I intend to work with other State Attorneys General to protect our State decision-making authority and our consumers who heavily depend on energy in their everyday lives,” said Jackley. (Press Release, August 3, 2015)


Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel Calls EPA Illegal Regulation “Detrimental to Wisconsin’s Economy”

“Based on our initial understanding of the final rule, the Clean Power Plan will be detrimental to Wisconsin’s economy by dramatically increasing residential and business electricity bills, resulting in significant job losses. At the direction of Gov. Walker, Wisconsin will join numerous other states in a lawsuit to stop the federal government’s unlawful actions.” (Press Release, August 3, 2015)



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