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Dem attorneys general threaten lawsuits if Trump repeals climate plan

A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general warned President-elect Trump on Thursday that he will face scores of lawsuits if he follows “misguided” advice to repeal President Obama‘s climate rules.

“We advocate that you reject misguided advice that the Clean Power Plan be discarded; advice that, if followed, would assuredly lead to more litigation,” a group of 14 attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said in a letter to the president-elect Thursday.

The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of President Obama‘s climate change agenda, which nearly 30 states are challenging in federal appeals court with more than 100 industry groups. A 10-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing the arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan, which directs the states to cut their carbon pollution a third by 2030.

The states challenging the power plan say it oversteps Environmental Protection Agency’s authority and is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court halted the plan in February while the lower court reviews the litigation. Trump said he would repeal the plan within his first 100 days in office.

But the Democratic officials defending the plan are advising Trump to take a different route other than repeal. “Instead, we urge you to support the defense of this critically important rule and the implementation of its carefully constructed strategies to reduce emissions from the nation’s largest sources.”

The Schneiderman letter appears to be a response to advice sent to the Trump transition team last week by Republican state officials advising the president-elect on the course he should take to dismantle the climate regulations.

A letter sent by 24 Republican attorneys general advised the Trump team, with the congressional leadership, to start an effort to stop the Clean Power Plan on day one of the administration, with court action and a presidential executive order declaring the plan illegal.

The Republican officials also want legislation to be introduced in Congress that would prevent another administration from resurrecting the Clean Power Plan after it has been repealed administratively by Trump.

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