Obama Administration’s “Costly Power” Plan put on Trial
A coalition of states argued in federal court that the EPA has overstepped its authority with proposed emission standards that would require states such as West Virginia to revamp its primary energy source and economic model.
On Sept. 27, West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin presented the case of West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during a full day of oral arguments before the full court rather than the typical three-judge panel.
The coalition is led by West Virginia and Texas, but it includes 27 states and state agencies. It also has drawn support from labor unions, consumer groups, businesses, utilities and coal companies.
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