A new study out Tuesday backs up a series of legal challenges launched by Democratic state attorneys general alarmed by President Donald Trump’s deregulatory rollbacks designed to benefit polluting industries at the expense of public health, the environment, and the economy.
“This special report unmasks the Trump administration’s plan to give a climate pollution pass to industries that represent almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.”
—David J. Hayes, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center
Climate & Health Showdown in the Courts: State Attorneys General Prepare to Fight (pdf) was published by the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at the NYU School of Law, which provides support to state attorneys general working to defend and promote clean energy, climate, and environmental policies.
“This special report unmasks the Trump administration’s plan to give a climate pollution pass to industries that represent almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” David J. Hayes, the center’s executive director, said in a statement.
“State attorneys general will not let the administration get away with its brazen attempt to turn major industries’ legal obligations to reduce damaging pollution into an invitation to continue to pollute—climate effects and adverse health impacts be damned,” he added.
Specifically, the report details the extensive consequences of repealing six major regulations to serve four dirty industries:
- The Coal Industry: Clean Power Plan (CO2)
- The Automotive Industry: Clean Car Standards (CO2)
- The Automotive Industry: Glider Truck Pollution (CO2)
- The Oil & Gas Industry: Methane emissions (new and existing sources)
- The Oil & Gas Industry: Methane emissions (public lands)
- The Landfill Industry: Methane emissions
If the courts allow these six rollbacks to stand, the report warns, they would collectively contribute more than 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions each year, undermining global efforts to curb planet-warming emissions and avert climate catastrophe.
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