Blue states defend EPA power plant rule against legal challenges

By Lesley Clark | 05/17/2024 06:29 AM EDT

The new pollution standards will help address the “significant harms” states face from climate change, attorneys general tell the court.

Georgia Power Co.’s Plant Bowen operates in Euharlee, Georgia.

Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen operates in 2020 in Euharlee, Georgia. Mike Stewart/AP

Democratic attorneys general in 20 states are coming to the defense of the Biden administration’s efforts to cut climate pollution from power plants.

The states joined four cities and the California Air Resources Board in filing a motion to intervene in federal court Thursday, supporting EPA against legal challenges to its new rule that limits planet-warming emissions from existing coal- and new gas-fired power plants.

“The rule would meaningfully limit greenhouse gas emissions from some of the largest sources in the nation, thereby helping to address the significant harms our states, cities, and residents are facing from climate change,” says the petition, led by New York Democratic Attorney General Letitia James.


Republican attorneys general and power companies have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to strike down the EPA rule, arguing that it exceeds the agency’s authority.