President Joe Biden acted quickly to issue a slew of controversial executive orders soon after taking office, and he’s now being dragged into court by a coalition of 12 states over an executive order they claim will harm the nation through expanded federal power.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who filed the lawsuit, stated, “Once again, an administration wants federal bureaucrats to do by burdensome regulation what it is unable to pass through Congress,” Schmidt said.
“This order would result in new regulations that would significantly burden Kansas agriculture, energy production and manufacturing. No president has authority to impose this massive job-killing cost on our economy by executive order.”
State attorneys general from Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah also joined the action.
The lawsuit argues Executive Order 13990, called “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” does not have the authority to issue binding social costs for greenhouse gases.
The lawsuit also claims the social costs show $269 billion for carbon dioxide, $990 billion for methane and $8.24 trillion for nitrous oxide. A total of approximately $9.5 trillion in additional costs would be added to the U.S. economy through this single executive order.
Kansas Attorney General Schmidt has been busy on other matters regarding Biden’s agenda:
Last month, Schmidt also wrote President Biden asking him to reconsider his administration’s decisions to unilaterally revoke the construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and to suspend Operation Talon, a federal program that finds and deports sex offenders who are illegally in the country.
Biden’s executive orders have led to many consequences, but states are not giving up without a fight. Schmidt and others are leading a coordinated response to roll back the president’s agenda.