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Excerpt: "The group of 17 states which backed the Clean Power Plan filed a legal challenge Wednesday urging the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to ignore the Trump administration's request to stay legal proceedings in the Clean Power Plan suit."

Fossil fuel emissions. (photo: istock)
Fossil fuel emissions. (photo: istock)

17 States Raise Hell Over Clean Power Plan

By Climate Nexus, EcoWatch

09 April 17


he group of 17 states which backed the Clean Power Plan filed a legal challenge Wednesday urging the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to ignore the Trump administration's request to stay legal proceedings in the Clean Power Plan suit.

The challenge alleges that the federal government has a responsibility to regulate emissions from power plants and that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "vague" plans to review the Clean Power Plan could cause an "indefinite delay" in the process.

"EPA fails to justify its unprecedented request for an open-ended abeyance at this late stage of litigation: more than six months after the en banc court heard a full day of oral argument," the states wrote.

"This case is ripe for decision now, and nothing that EPA has proposed to do obviates the need for this court's review. Indefinitely deferring a decision here, as EPA requests, would waste the substantial resources already expended in this litigation by the parties and this court."

Environmental groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, filed a similar brief Wednesday, saying the delay "would have the effect of improperly suspending the rule without review by any court, without any explanation and without mandatory administrative process. The agency cannot be allowed to accomplish through abeyance something it cannot do on its own: an indefinite suspension of a duly promulgated rule without judicial review, without a notice and comment rulemaking and without any reasoned explanation."

The coalition of states include attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington—along with the District of Columbia and other smaller localities.

"The law is clear: the EPA must limit carbon pollution from power plants," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. "In order to repeal Obama-era protections, the Trump administration must replace those protections, as well—and we know how well repeal-and-replace went the first time around. My office will continue to defend the Clean Power Plan and aggressively oppose any effort to stand down from our shared responsibility to protect our environment and our climate." your social media marketing partner


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+14 # Wise woman 2017-04-09 09:07
Hooray. With a swipe of his hand, this mentally ill narcissist at the helm thinks he can trash this country and thumb his nose at the rest of the world. Well, a lot of us are saying "NO WAY!" and our elected officials are finally listening. Trump the swamp crawler is losing control and he ain't gonna like it. Watch out for more crazy 3am tweets.
-1 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2017-04-09 15:47
Quoting Wise woman:
... elected officials are finally listening.
Please note that:
1) Only 19 States cast EC votes for Clinton,
2) 16 of those states are in the above coalition leaving
3) Only 1 red state in the coalition = Iowa.

In other words, Iowa is the only state that voted for Trump where "elected officials are finally listening."

BTW, I hate having to equate any kind of rational thinking with voting for Hillary.
+2 # REDPILLED 2017-04-09 13:19
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+1 # elizabethblock 2017-04-09 18:46
Let's hear it for States Rights, eh?
+1 # newell 2017-04-10 04:08
Trump is a minor contribution to CO2 production. The major contribution is us, like it or not. If you want to really do something, instead of just talking, cut your electricity and gas by a third, support a carbon tax and get involved in local politics.

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