15 states try to block Obama clean power plan

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Fif­teen U.S. states have pe­ti­tioned a U.S. court to block new rules by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­cour­age clean power and cut harm­ful car­bon emis­sions from power plants.

The emer­gency pe­ti­tion to post­pone the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s (EPA) dead­line was filed Thurs­day by chief le­gal of­fi­cers in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, In­di­ana, Kansas, Ken­tucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ne­braska, Ohio, Ok­la­homa, South Dakota, West Vir­ginia, Wis­con­sin and Wy­oming.

“This rule is the most far­reach­ing energy reg­u­la­tion in the na­tion’s history, and the EPA sim­ply does not have the le­gal au­thor­ity to carry it out,” said West Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pa­trick Mor­risey.

“With this rule, the EPA is at­tempt­ing to trans­form it­self from an en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tor to a cen­tral plan­ning agency for states’ energy economies.”

The pe­ti­tion seeks a rul­ing by Sept. 8, one year be­fore states would have to sub­mit plans for how they will fol­low the rules set by the EPA.

The plan was un­veiled by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ear­lier this month, and aims to cut car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 32 per­cent be­low 2005 lev­els by the year 2030.

In or­der to meet these goals, states and elec­tric com­pa­nies must use more nat­u­ral gas — which is less pol­lut­ing and more abun­dant in the United States than oil — as well as more re­new­able en­er­gies like so­lar and wind.

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