McConnell, Lawmakers Join Supreme Court Greenhouse Gas Case

POLITICO / Erica Martinson
POLITICO / Erica Martinson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, several others from the Kentucky delegation and the Texas-based chair of the House science committee filed a “friend of the court” brief with the Supreme Court today fighting against a narrow portion of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations for industry.

“The President and the EPA have been misusing the 2007 ruling and subsequent regulations on automobiles to overregulate new and existing coal-fired power plants out of business, thus escalating their war on coal and Kentucky jobs,” said Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. “The EPA should not have used the Tailpipe Rule to further regulate coal-fired power plants. This is just another EPA power grab in their ongoing crusade to shut down our nation’s coal mines, and it must be stopped.”

McConnell and others argue in the brief that EPA is not implementing the will of Congress, but instead is deliberately circumventing it.

“The Obama administration continues to overstep its constitutional authority as it attempts to enact job-killing regulations,” said Chairman Lamar Smith.

“President Obama and his EPA have once again moved forward with an extreme regulation that makes it illegal to build a coal-fired electricity plant in America,” said Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ed Whitfield, who added that he looks forward to working with McConnell and others in Congress “to take any action possible to prevent this regulation from taking effect.”

Oral arguments in the case are set for Feb. 24.

POLITICO | By Erica Martinson
December 16, 2013 |

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