By H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute.
A flurry of last minute lawsuits were filed challenging the centerpiece of Obama administration’s fight against global warming, the clean power plan.
At least ten new parties filed lawsuits in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the rules just before the December 22 deadline to challenge the regulations. Those filing suite on December 22, joined more than 27 states, and dozens of energy companies, business groups and others who have already filed suit to block the regulations for either new or existing power plants. The new challengers include, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the American Forest & Paper Association, the American Wood Council, the Energy-Intensive Manufacturers’ Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Regulation, the Local Government Coalition for Renewable Energy, the National Alliance of Forest Owners, Minnesota Power, Prairie State Generating Co., Denbury Onshore and the Biogenic CO2 Coalition.