New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) said Monday he will sue the Trump administration over its decision to repeal President Obama’s landmark Clean Power Plan, a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate accord.
“By seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan — especially without any credible commitment to replacing it — the Trump administration’s campaign of climate change denial continues, once again putting industry special interests ahead of New Yorkers’ and all Americans’ safety, health, and the environment,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“The Trump administration’s persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda,” he said.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, who led the legal fight against the Clean Power Plan, announced Monday at a pro-coal event that he will formally propose repealing President Obama’s landmark anti-pollution rule for power plants.
The agency will seek public comments on its decision to end the rule, arguing the Obama administration overstepped its legal authority.
“It’s Congress that passes legislation that gives us direction, that gives us our orders as far as how we administer the statute,” Pruitt said Monday. “The last administration simply made it up.”
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The rule is the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate change work. A coalition of states, led by Schneiderman and others, defended the rule against GOP and industry lawsuits, though the Supreme Court stayed implementation of the rule in 2016 and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has not decided the rule’s validity.
Other attorneys general and environmentalists have indicated they’re prepared to challenge the EPA’s decision to rescind the rule.
Earthjustice said Monday that, “as the Trump administration tries to derail progress on climate change, we will hold them accountable in court.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he will “do everything in my power to defend the Clean Power Plan.”