Thirteen AGs Pledged to Challenge EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

New York Attorney General Letitia James and at least twelve other attorneys general released statements promising to take aggressive legal action in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalization of the "Affordable Clean Energy" (ACE) rule — the administration’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan. As part of her statement announcing her intent to sue, Attorney General James noted that the ACE rule is another attempt by the administration to deny the reality of climate change, and that the rule will impose tremendous public health, environmental and economic costs on the American people. In a joint press conference immediately following the EPA’s announcement, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum noted that the ACE rule would increase harmful greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to the status quo, and promised that state attorneys general would fight to prevent the rule from taking effect.