A new lawsuit filed April 5 in the Washington, D.C. District Court follows up on a letter sent last June by state Attorneys General of their intent to sue Trump’s EPA over the control of methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations, and marks yet another in a long litany of lawsuits against the administration by individuals, advocacy organizations, and states.
Fifteen Attorneys General in total have signed on to the lawsuit, joining the ACLU, the Center for Biological Diversity, the NAACP, youth climate groups, and an incredibly diverse array of entities suing the Trump administration over various issues — this latest being the first with this high a number of elected officials acting as party to the lawsuit.
The AGs of California, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the City of Chicago are suing to force Trump’s EPA to follow existing federal law — an action that might have been previously unthinkable under any other administration, as the concept of needing to force the government to follow the law is more than a little ridiculous.
Unfortunately, that seems to be a recurring theme with Donald Trump, after watching him simply defy the Russian sanctions law that was passed with an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority, and which he himself signed.
The issue of methane emissions is of paramount importance to the environment: Methane is many times more effective at trapping heat than even carbon dioxide.
Acting as a spokesperson for the group, California’s AG Xavier Becerra said in court:
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has a legal responsibility to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas operations. We are taking him to court to ensure that he lives up to that obligation. The stakes could not be higher – climate change is the most important global environmental issue of our time. We need EPA Administrator Pruitt to quit stalling and do his job.”
Thus far, federal judges have allowed the vast majority of lawsuits against Trump and his administration to proceed unimpeded, and Trump has yet to defeat a single one that has been allowed. Meanwhile, as CNN Analyst Jeffrey Toobin pointed out, Trump is as good as having been reduced to trolling Legal Zoom for a lawyer.
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