THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Bipartisan Coalition Asks Supreme Court to Halt EPA Power Plan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Austin, Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey helped lead a bipartisan coalition of 29 states and state agencies in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately halt the Obama Administration’s power plan as litigation continues in the D.C. Circuit Court. The states argue that the EPA’s rule fundamentally changes the nation’s energy policy in violation of federal law.

“The Obama Administration has exceeded its authority in imposing a plan that will kill jobs and significantly raise electric bills for all Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This power grab will force a massive reordering of nearly every state’s electric grid and result in less-reliable service for all customers. Such far-reaching actions raise serious concerns about the power of the federal government.”

Texas and West Virginia challenged the EPA’s power plan on Oct. 23, 2015, the day it was published. Those joining Attorney General Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in urging  the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately halt the EPA’s unlawful power plan include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming, along with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Public Service Commission, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

To view the stay application filed with the Supreme Court, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/Final_States_SCOTUS_Stay_App_-_ACTUAL_(M0116774xCECC6)-c1.pdf