Joint Statement By A.G. Schneiderman, States, Cities And Counties In Response To Temporary Stay Of Clean Power Plan

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, on behalf of the states of New York, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, the cities of New York, Boulder, Chicago, Philadelphia, South Miami and Broward County, Florida, issued the following statement in response to the decision by the United States Supreme Court to temporarily stay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan:

“We are confident that once the courts have fully reviewed the merits of the Clean Power Plan, it will be upheld as lawful under the Clean Air Act.  Our coalition of states and local governments will continue to vigorously defend the Clean Power Plan —which is critical to ensuring that necessary progress is made in confronting climate change.”

In November, the Attorney General announced he was leading a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties in defense of the Clean Power Plan against legal challenge. The coalition joined EPA in successfully defending in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals against motions for stay filed by several states and industry groups.