12 States Sue Biden Administration



biden in a suit and blue striped tie in front of a portrait(Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

The Biden administration is reportedly coming under legal fire over a climate executive order signed on Jan. 27.

A coalition of 12 states — led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt — filed a lawsuit Monday suing the administration over the order, claiming it has the potential to have a serious economic impact through the expansion of federal regulatory power, Fox Business reported.

The other state attorneys general joining the action were from Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.

The states argue the order, titled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” doesn’t have the authority to issue binding numbers for the “social cost” of greenhouse gases to be used in federal regulations, Fox Business reported.

Schmitt said the regulations will stifle manufacturing and harm agriculture in Missouri and hundreds of thousands of workers in those industries in his state, Fox Business reported.

“Under President Biden’s executive order, which he didn’t have the authority to enact, these hard-working Missourians who have lived and worked this land for generations, could be left in the dust,” Schmitt said in a statement, the news outlet reported.

The suit claims the impact from the $9.5 trillion “social cost” of greenhouse gases will stretch across the nation.

“In practice, this enormous figure will be used to justify an equally enormous expansion of federal regulatory power that will intrude into every aspect of Americans’ lives — from their cars, to their refrigerators and homes, to their grocery and electric bills,” the suit states, Fox Business reported.

“It will be used to inflict untold billions or trillions of dollars of damage to the U.S. economy for decades to come,” the suit claims, the news outlet added, arguing the action violates the separation of powers, “the most fundamental bulwark of liberty.” 



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