Democratic AGs File Motion To Defend Biden Admin Rule Following Lawsuit

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( – On Monday, March 18, twenty Democratic state attorneys generals brought forward a motion in defense of the gas and methane rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This was after the Republican AGs had filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration rule. 

Oklahoma’s Gentner Drummond is leading 24 Republican states in the lawsuit they filed last week over the rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. On March 8, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a separate challenge after the state Railroad Commission had requested him to do so. 

California’s Rob Bonta, along with 19 other Democratic AGs he is leading, filed a counter-motion in which they had expressed support for the EPA rule, which is the first rule of its type that is regulating emissions from existing fossil fuel facilities in both modified and new facilities. This motion is supported by the attorneys general in Washington, D.C., Washington, Wisconsin, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York, Oregon, North Carolina, New Mexico, New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, and Colorado, according to The Hill.

In a statement, Bonta argued that they had been seeing baseless attacks on all the attempts to deal with methane emissions and climate change. He said that this is a super pollutant that the gas and oil industry has overlooked, allowing really large greenhouse gas quantities to leak into the environment. 

Bonta promised he and other attorneys general wouldn’t stand to the side while this “critical step forward” by the Biden administration was being attacked.

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