Twelve states sued President Biden and several government agencies challenging a climate change order that would expand federal environmental regulation, arguing that the order would have detrimental economic consequences.
Missouri, which leads the lawsuit, is joined by state attorneys general in Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
“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,” said Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in a statement.
In January, Biden requested a team to figure out the “social cost” of greenhouse gases and ensure that government agencies are accounting for the full costs related to pollution from carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, including “climate risk, environmental justice, and intergenerational equity.”
The suit notes that the breakdown of social costs includes $269 billion for carbon dioxide, $990 billion for methane, and $8.24 trillion for nitrous oxide, totaling about $9.5 trillion, citing interim values determined by an interagency working group created by Biden’s executive order.
“This number gives some idea of the magnitude of the regulatory costs on the American economy that the Interim Values would justify,” the suit states.
The suit claims that Biden’s order would damage the economy for “decades to come” and infiltrate federal rule over peoples’ lives on their lifestyles and consumer habits.
“It will destroy jobs, stifle energy production, strangle America’s energy independence, suppress agriculture, deter innovation, and impoverish working families. It undermines the sovereignty of the States and tears at the fabric of liberty,” the suit reads.
Others named in the suit include Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Department, and the Agriculture Department.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the White House and the Justice Department for comment.
Author: Mica Soellner
Source: Washington Examiner: Twelve states sue Biden over climate change order