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Climate Action

As the chief law enforce­ment offi­cers of their states, state attor­neys gen­er­al have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to pro­tect the health and wel­fare of their con­stituents, economies and nat­ur­al resources. State attor­neys gen­er­al play a unique and impor­tant role in the glob­al fight for cli­mate action, and have been at the fore­front of some of the most impor­tant vic­to­ries in this area.

State attor­neys gen­er­al have con­sis­tent­ly served as a check against fed­er­al inac­tion on cli­mate change — begin­ning with Mass­a­chu­setts v. EPA, the his­toric vic­to­ry over the Bush admin­is­tra­tion that cement­ed the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s legal author­i­ty to reg­u­late green­house gas emissions.


State attor­neys gen­er­al chal­lenged the Trump administration’s dereg­u­la­to­ry efforts, includ­ing the roll­back of restric­tions on methane emis­sions, the weak­en­ing of Clean Car Stan­dards, and the replace­ment of the Oba­ma-era Clean Pow­er Plan with the so-called Afford­able Clean Ener­gy” rule. State attor­neys gen­er­al also have advo­cat­ed for the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s author­i­ty to reg­u­late hydro­flu­o­ro­car­bons, a potent green­house gas, under the Clean Air Act.