ALBANY — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is threatening to sue President Donald Trump again, this time over the administration’s plans to repeal the Environmental Protection Agencies program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Schneiderman announced Monday he was joining forces with several other states to push back against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan to eliminate the Clean Power Plan, which establishes carbon emission standards for fossil-fueled power plants.
“By seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan — especially without any credible commitment to replacing it – the Trump administration’s campaign of climate change denial continues, once again putting industry special interests ahead of New Yorkers’ and all Americans’ safety, health and the environment,” Schneiderman said. “I am proud to lead the coalition of states and localities defending the Clean Power Plan in federal court. If and when the Trump Administration finalizes this repeal, I will sue to protect New Yorkers and put a stop to the Trump administration’s irresponsible and illegal efforts to turn back the clock on public health.”
Pruitt announced the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Kentucky on Monday, telling reporters that the “War on Coal is over,” arguing that the implementation of the rule in 2015 was outside President Barack Obama’s authority, and according to the New York Times, which sources a leaked draft of the proposed repeal, Pruitt is arguing that not complying with the rule would save the U.S. $33 billion and that the health benefits of the rule were overstated.
U.S. Rep. John Faso said Trump is dreaming if he thinks he will bring back the coal industry in this way.