Washington D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–October 23, 2015. Today, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a legal attack in DC Circuit Court of Appeals on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly finalized Clean Power Plan. This action comes after the very same federal court—as well as others— already rejected earlier premature attacks on this same initiative that will protect public health, and boost the job-creating clean energy economy. The Attorneys General joining West Virginia’s lawsuit are from Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the Arizona Corporation Commission, and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
In response, Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, released the following statement:
“Time and again, we’ve seen Big Polluters and their allies attack the lifesaving protections that let our loved ones breathe easier and keep our clean energy economy thriving, and this challenge to the Clean Power Plan is no different. The Clean Power Plan will help us move toward a new era of clean, affordable energy that protects the health of our communities, grows our economy and signals to the rest of the world that the U.S. is serious about combating the climate crisis ahead of international negotiations in Paris later this year. It’s a huge step in taking action against climate disruption by pulling together state-level carbon pollution reduction plans and holding polluters accountable for doing their fair share.
“They can throw everything and the kitchen sink at this standard, but the Clean Power Plan’s push to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants for the first time ever is based on a law passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court, and it has the overwhelming support of the American people.”