A coalition of 22 states including California and New York, six cities and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington this week in an attempt to block repeal and replace of the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy that set emission-reduction targets, required states to restrict their use of coal-burning power plants and mandated a switch to renewable energy.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Gov. Gavin Newsom, and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols announced the move Tuesday, marking the state’s latest battle in court over climate change.
In June, the Trump administration finalized its Affordable Clean Energy Rule, which replaces the Clean Power Plan with one that weakens the emissions targets and protects the coal industry. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said at the time that the administration’s new plan was constructed to protect