22 states sue Trump administration for cutting power plant regulations

Headline Roundup August 13th, 2019

Attorneys general from 22 states and seven cities have sued the Trump administration in response to proposed rollbacks of the Clean Power Plan, a rule passed during Barack Obama's presidency meant to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The new Affordable Clean Energy rule is described as giving states more power and time to address emissions.

Media coverage was significantly divided on this story. Many left-leaning outlets focused on the perceived perks of the Obama-era rule and the consequences a rollback may have, suggesting that the new rule will extend and worsen carbon emissions; most right-leaning outlets focused on perceived issues with the old regulations, and described the new rule as a win for conservative states.

22 states sue Trump administration for cutting power plant regulations

From the Center

A coalition of mostly Democratic-led states has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing its rules for addressing power plant pollution are so weak they violate federal law.

Attorneys general from 22 states and several major cities including New York City and Los Angeles argue that the Trump administration's rule violates the Clean Air Act by having virtually no impact on carbon emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had finalized the rule in June to repeal and replace a capstone Obama-era carbon pollution regulation they say exceeded agency authority....

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From the Left

The lawsuit, led by New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, argued the Environmental Protection Agency had no basis for weakening an Obama-era regulation that set the first-ever national limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

That rule, the Clean Power Plan, required states to implement plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2022, and encouraged that to happen by closing heavily-polluting plants and replacing those energy sources with natural gas or renewable energy. Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is a major contributor to global warming because it traps...

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A host of Democratic attorneys general from across the country sued the Trump administration Tuesday for gutting President Barack Obama’s signature plan for reducing coal plants emissions to combat climate change.

Attorney General Letitia James of New York led a coalition of 22 states and seven local governments filing the lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“My office, and this groundbreaking coalition of states and cities from across the nation, will fight back against this unlawful, do-nothing rule in order to protect our future from catastrophic climate change,”...

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