State attorneys general from Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah joined a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
The Republican attorney general released a statement on Monday, saying that “Manufacturing, agriculture, and energy production are essential to Missouri’s economy and employ thousands of hard-working Missourians across the state. Under President Biden’s executive order, which he didn’t have the authority to enact, these hard-working Missourians who lived and worked this land for generations could be left in the dust.”
The lawsuit is designed to challenge Biden’s Executive Order 13990, titled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” and accuses the Biden administration of not having sufficient authority to issue binding numbers on the “social costs of greenhouse gases” in federal regulations.
“From higher energy bills to lost jobs, this massive expansion of federal regulatory power has the potential to impact nearly every household in this state-that’s why today I’m leading a coalition of states to put a stop to this executive order and protect Missouri families,” said Schmitt.
The lawsuit reads, “In practice, this enormous figure will be used to justify an equally enormous expansion of federal regulatory power that will intrude into every aspect of Americans’ lives-from their cars, to their refrigerators and homes, to their grocery and electric bills.”
According to the White House, Biden’s Jan. 20 order is designed to “promote and protect our public health and the environment” as well as “conserve our national treasures and monuments.”
The order directed all federal agencies and departments to review and “take action” to address the Trump administration’s climate-related executive orders.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday in federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri.