USA states, cities sue Trump over climate protections

  • USA states, cities sue Trump over climate protections

USA states, cities sue Trump over climate protections

"Beyond the impacts that climate change itself has on Maine's natural resources and economy, we also know that emissions - from these plants - including plants outside of ME - pollute our air and water".

Attorney General Aaron Frey added ME to the group of 21 other states and seven local governments that filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to protect Obama-era rules requiring power plants to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases.

California's power grid used more energy from non-greenhouse gas sources like wind and solar power in 2017 than from electricity generated by fossil fuels for the first time since the California Air Resources Board began keeping track.

"Rather than staying the course with policies aimed at fixing the problem and protecting people's health, safety, and the environment, the Trump administration repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with this "Dirty Power" rule", said James. "Because we're prepared to confront the climate crisis head-on, we're prepared to confront President Trump head-on in court". And it fails our economy, which depends on clean energy now more than ever. "President Trump's attempt to gut our nation's Clean Power Plan is just the wrong way to go", he added.

The States and cities that sued on Tuesday said the EPA ACE rule only requires utilities to undertake modest equipment upgrades at power plants that would not result in significant emissions reductions.

Shortly before Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, signed the ACE rule in June, the administration attempted to bolster the case for its plan by, as Common Dreams reported, "effectively rescinding the EPA's own estimate that it could lead to 1,400 premature deaths per year".

Like a proposal released last October, the EPA's final rule gives USA states wide latitude to design their own plans for paring carbon dioxide emissions at power plants.

"This administration has made a decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan and replace it with a toothless substitute", said California attorney-general Xavier Becerra at a news conference in Sacramento Tuesday.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already started a legal effort to back Trump in the fight by seeking court permission to participate in a suit filed earlier by the American Lung Association.

Obama's Clean Power Plan had been prevented from going into effect by previous litigation.

Tuesday's challenge argues that it violates the EPA's duty under the Obama-era Clean Air Act to address carbon pollution from power plants, and artificially narrows the EPA's authority.

The federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington by the 22-state coalition, as well as major cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

"Climate change is real", said William Tong, the attorney general of CT.

They argue that ACE does not recognize efforts by States that have implemented emissions trading programs to slash greenhouse gas emissions, such as California and NY. "If we do nothing to curb our reliance on fossil fuels we are dooming future generations and our planet".