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Twelve States Sue Biden Over Climate Executive Order

Twelve States Sue Biden Over Climate Executive Order

Complaint asks court to issue order that prohibits federal agencies from using “social cost” estimates and declare they are “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, and contrary to law.”

Shortly after the inauguration ceremony concluded, Joe Biden went on an executive order signing spree unrivaled in American history. The current count is 60, and the pace is not slowing much either.

And as the governors in many red states are launching regional #Resistance to these order, 12 states attorneys general launched a lawsuit over the Jan. 20th gem, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”

A coalition of 12 states is suing President Biden’s administration over a climate executive order that they claim has the potential to have a serious economic impact across the country through the expansion of federal regulatory power.

The suit, which is being led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, was filed on Monday. State attorneys general from Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah also joined the action.

The states argue the order doesn’t have the authority to issue binding numbers for the “social cost” of greenhouse gases to be used in federal regulations.

[Missouri Attorney General Eric] Schmitt said the regulations will stifle manufacturing and harm agriculture in Missouri and hundreds of thousands of workers in those industries in his state, Fox Business reported.

“Under President Biden’s executive order, which he didn’t have the authority to enact, these hard-working Missourians who have lived and worked this land for generations, could be left in the dust,” Schmitt said in a statement, the news outlet reported.

The suit claims the impact from the $9.5 trillion “social cost” of greenhouse gases will stretch across the nation.

So far, the current administration has declined to comment on the suit.

The complaint asks the court to issue an order that prohibits federal agencies from using the “social cost” estimates and to declare they are “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, and contrary to law,” among other relief.

Executive Order 13990 also revoked the Keystone XL Pipeline permit and instructed the Interior Department to review the Trump’s administration’s decision to shrink the boundaries of national monuments. It was one of several early executive actions that Biden took to combat climate change during his first month in office.

Orders that Biden signed Jan. 27 elevated climate change as a national security concern, committed to the goal of conserving at least 30% (an increase from 12%) of all federal land and water by 2030 and built on his economic policy agenda to direct federal agencies to “procure carbon pollution-free electricity and clean, zero-emission vehicles to create good-paying, union jobs and stimulate clean energy industries.

I wish the state attorney generals much luck. They will be very busy for the next four years, at least as the pile of power-grabbing, America-harming executive orders grow.


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WTF are ‘social costs” of greenhouse gases?

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to Joe-dallas. | March 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    It’s complete and utter BS is what it is! A nonsense term they can use as a convenient excuse to tax us more and justify taking even more control over our lives.

    henrybowman in reply to Joe-dallas. | March 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    You’re going to tell me you’ve never released methane in the office elevator?

    mark311 in reply to Joe-dallas. | March 11, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    The social cost is in effect a cost benefit analysis of climate change. Its a comparison of the positive and negative effects and tries to quantify it. That’s the technical part of it anyways.

Last I heard, Presidents don’t have the authority to make law. But I guess that way of thinking is so 2019. You remember, back when Trump was president. Now, apparently, they do have that authority. At least if the president is a democrat. And make no mistake, they are MAKING law. Congress said nothing about social costs. He’s making new low.

If he gets away with this, what’s to stop him from adding any other costs he wants to add? What about emotional costs? What about costs associated with racism? Oh, yeah, there’s a Supreme Court for that. I’m joking, of course.

If I didn’t know better I would think that these executive orders are specifically intended to crush US manufacturing and resource extraction industries so as to deliver that business to China and the Muslim Middle East.

It doesn’t matter.

Roberts doesn’t give a shit what the law or Constitution say.

barbiegirl ny | March 11, 2021 at 10:03 am

While you’re at it, why not claim your states “Constitutional sanctuary states”, or even “Constitutional autonomous zones”? How is it the left gets away with this, but the wimpy right doesn’t even think about it?