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Twelve states have launched a lawsuit against pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would force states to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

The bipartisan coalition of states, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, is looking for a federal court to overturn a 2011 settlement by the EPA, states, cities and environmental groups, which gave the agency political cover to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

“Our system doesn’t allow federal agencies to ‘improve’ or ‘fix’ laws to advance an agenda,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who joined Morrisey in the lawsuit, said in a statement. “But that is what happened here: the EPA made a promise in 2011 to expand its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.”

“Fortunately, the law doesn’t allow the agency to do what it wants,” Pruitt added. “This lawsuit is about holding the EPA accountable to following the environmental statutes as passed by Congress. Oklahoma will continue to challenge the EPA – or any other federal agency – when it takes actions that undermine our system and the rule of law.”

In June, the EPA proposed rules that would force states to come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants already in operation as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The EPA is looking to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030.

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...I recently introduced the Coal Country Protection Act (H.R. 4808) in the House of Representatives, a companion to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislation in the Senate. This bipartisan bill—co-sponsored by West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall, among others—would halt new EPA regulation on power plants until there is a guarantee that there will be no loss of American jobs, no drop in gross domestic product, no higher electricity rates and no interruption in energy delivery...

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White House adviser John Podesta has indicated the administration plans to raise the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Thursday.

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed draft on blending volumes, which was released late last year, cut the amount of biofuels that refiners would need to mix into their fuels. The plan represented the first time the agency had lowered the target from the previous year.

While the primary focus of Thursday's meeting between Podesta and Senate Democrats was on biodiesel volumes, Franken said the adviser mentioned that the final blending mandates would likely be higher than what the EPA had initially proposed.

"I believe the numbers will be bigger and that's based not only on conversations with [Podesta] but my conversations with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy," Franken said. "He certainly led us to believe there will be higher numbers in each piece of it than was in the preliminary [Renewable Fuel Standard]."

Franken said Podesta told the senators that the release of the final rule "will be imminent."

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Comment by Thomas on August 7, 2014 at 11:54am

I think Obama well understands the Constitutional limits for executive action without legialative authorization. But who's gonna stop 'im?   I think he also understands the gutless nature of the political sychophants that we have in Congress as well as in most of our state houses.  So, who's gonna stop 'im?

File suit, my unroyal arse.  That appears to be the one pony show that the unRepublicans in Congress have in their bag of tricks.     

Comment by joseph C Avila on August 7, 2014 at 11:21am
There is nothing, I can find, in our constitution that gives the president authority to issue executive orders. It seems the congress allowed the president to issue executive orders to manage his cabinet. The orders are to be within the framework of existing laws, both constitutional and statute.
It seems the current president does not understand the limitations in the use of executive orders or more to the point ignores them and continues to abuse the privilege.
It is for this reason I propose a constitutional amendment requiring all executive orders be approved by the whole congress.
Comment by Thomas on August 7, 2014 at 9:21am

The US Federal Government is a parasitoidal institution.

"Borrowed" from Wikipedia:

"A parasitoid is an organism that spends a significant portion of its life history attached to or within a single host organism in a relationship that is in essence parasitic; unlike a true parasite, however, it ultimately sterilises or kills, and sometimes consumes, the host. Thus parasitoids are similar to typical parasites except in the more dire prognosis for the host."

This is a truly wonderful country but this nation absolutely sux.  The people of the country are being victimized by the nation.    

Comment by Paul R. Bedard on August 7, 2014 at 8:05am

Same ole same ole! Bla Bla Bla! The spineless idiots are now on recess/VACATION for 5 weeks! One of the the few people left in congress with any character and backbone is Rep. Michele Backmann! If Obama unilaterally passes amnesty for all those illegals, she's calling for a massive march by millions of Americans on Washington D.C.! We might have to literally drag all those COMMUNIST TRAITORS out of OUR White House and out of OUR capitol building to save our country!

Comment by Phil McConathy on August 7, 2014 at 7:00am
It seems that when a president in 2014 fails to uphold current laws or just decides he doesn't like them he just ignores them or makes up ones that suits his desires. I had always thought that was a treasonist thing but it seems we have a Congress that is afraid to actually do their job and hold this president to his job of upholding and carrying out laws passed by Congress. He is sowing the seeds of serious discontent all across America and we must send a strong message in November that the people have had it with his lawlessness.
Comment by Thomas "Max" Jonker on August 6, 2014 at 11:33pm

A President who wilfully breaks laws meets my definition of TERRORIST.


Comment by Steve Merkel on August 6, 2014 at 7:24pm

Congress will do nothing about the criminal-in-chief. Private and state lawsuits may be the only remedy.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on August 6, 2014 at 5:40pm

Obama is one big law breaker.

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