At least 22 American states are set to challenge President’s Donald Trump over his Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which replaced Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) of 2015.
Their opposition is based on the fact that the ACE rule is meant to support the coal industry and coal-producing states in his election campaign.
Secondly, they argue that the new rule slows the progress of reducing fossil fuels in the United States.
New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted: “We filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s EPA over its Affordable Clean Energy rule.
“The science is indisputable; our climate is changing. Ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising. Weather is becoming more and more extreme. That’s why we are fighting back.”
BREAKING: We filed a lawsuit against the Trump Admin's @EPA over its Affordable Clean Energy rule.
The science is indisputable; our climate is changing. Ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising. Weather is becoming more and more extreme.
That’s why we are fighting back. pic.twitter.com/jva7jxLQGX
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 13, 2019
But not all states endorse the lawsuit.
West Virginia state bulked at the petition because it believes it will ultimately fail at the U.S Supreme court.
My colleagues on the other side of the aisle are dead wrong when it comes to their interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Their lawsuit today will ultimately fail at the Supreme Court. CAA and the Constitution doesn’t allow EPA to serve as a national energy planning authority.
— Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) August 13, 2019
Unlike Obama’s CPP which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, Trump’s ACE rule ACE allows states to set their own carbon emissions targets.