West Virginia Record (WV)—Patrick Morrisey: Continuing the fight against the EPA

CHARLESTON – As West Virginia’s Attorney General, it’s my duty to stand up for the legal rights of our state and its people.

That’s why when President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency launched an aggressive assault last June to impose onerous federal regulations requiring states to reduce carbon dioxide emission by a staggering 30 percent in 15 years, which would do significant harm to our economy, my office launched an equally aggressive assault to block them.

We have helped to develop a coalition of 15 states to fight this unlawful power grab by anti-coal Washington bureaucrats.

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel decided that because the administration has yet to formally finalize the rule, it was too early to decide the case on its merits. While we were disappointed in this outcome, we believe this early effort exposed the weaknesses of the EPA’s arguments, which will help us later on as we press this case.

Once the rule is finalized, which is expected to occur later this summer, we can continue our fight – and it’s important we do.

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