States File Legal Challenge Asserting Trump’s EPA MUST Fight Global Warming

A coalition of states filed a legal challenge Wednesday against the Trump administration’s decision to roll back a slew of Obama-era climate regulations.

The legal motion comes after Trump signed an executive order targeting climate change regulations ushered in by former President Barack Obama. The New York-led group of states argue Trump’s Environmental Protections Agency has a legal obligation to regulate emissions some climate scientists believe contribute to global warming.

“The law is clear: the EPA must limit carbon pollution from power plants,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the legal challenge, said in a statement. Other states behind the challenge include California, Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The motion asks the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals to toss out a request from the Trump administration for a delay in the court proceedings on an Obama-era policy known as the Clean Power Plan.

Trump’s executive order was largely aimed at halting the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants. The plan was never implemented, however, because it was challenged in court by 26 Republican-led states.

The Trump administration says this and other Obama-era rules hinder the American economy and create a stultifying business environment. The coalition of states argued in a statement the delay “would waste the substantial resources already expended in this litigation,” according to a statement from the group.

Schneiderman hired Howard Master, a prosecutor who served under an Obama-appointed U.S. attorney, to focus on corruption cases involving the Trump administration. Master’s primary responsibility, according to Schneiderman’s office, will be investigating and possibly prosecuting the Trump administration for possible civil rights abuses.

Schneiderman’s decision to hire Master may indicate the crusading AG plans to flood Trump and his administration with legal filings, subpoenas, and lawsuits, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Apparently the Democrats aren’t tired of losing.
    Sliding down hill is just so darn energy efficient.

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    Amber

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    First election ballot recounts scare …. fake
    Second Russia conspiracy … fake
    Third The earth has a fever …save us from ourselves …fake
    Schneiderman “clean energy” industry activist /lobbist / on the government payroll … true

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    Sonnyhill

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    We agree that none of our various weather events are out of line with history. I spend most of my time outdoors. If there was no change of seasons, if weather was predictable, I’d be bored to death. Change is the spice of life. It motivates the human spirit. Bring it on.

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    David Lewis

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    As others have noted the climate change crisis is based on fake data. For a moment let’s go into a fantasy land and assume that climate change is a real problem.

    Even if that were true, there is absolutely nothing that requires the United States to take action on it. Some lawyers are experts at far fetched interpretations to get the results they are paid to get, but the reality is there nothing requiring the US to act even if the problem were real. Some may point to the Paris Treaty, but that doesn’t apply to the US because the US Senate never ratified it.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Biggist sources of Global Warming Hot Air DEMACRATS,ENVIROMENTALISTS,LIBERALS,CELEBERTIES,POLITICIANS and DEMACRATIC CONTROLED STATES

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