President Joe Biden’s administration is being sued by 12 states regarding an executive order they claim will harm the nation through expanded federal power. The climate-related order adds new regulations that would destroy thousands of jobs and greatly damage farmers, according to the lawsuit.
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 numbers for the social cost of greenhouse gases. The overreach extends beyond the federal government’s legal rights and imposes unnecessary burdens on states.
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.
This executive order also included revoking the permit of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The action ended approximately 11,000 U.S. jobs.
Could it be possible that a lawsuit regarding greenhouses gases could help overturn Biden’s job-killing order regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline? Conservatives hope so. So do the thousands of American workers and their families impacted by the stroke of Biden’s pen.
The Kansas Attorney General reported that last month Schmidt “also wrote President Biden asking him to reconsider his administration’s decisions to 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 had serious consequences already. However, states are not giving up without a fight. Schmidt and the 12 states supporting him plan to work to minimize Biden’s damages by revoking this order and others through legal actions.
The move follows similar actions by other conservative states regarding Biden’s orders. For example, Texas sued the federal government following the president’s executive order to stop most deportations for 100 days. The state successfully fought the measure, showing the order presented a dangerous situation for Texans.
But it’s not just Texans who face danger from Biden’s executive orders. Nearly every American has started to recognize the negative impact of Biden’s first acts in office. From rising gas prices to local National Guard troops being deployed at higher levels, the nation has suddenly noticed the consequences of the left running the Oval Office.
The battle is on, but it’s far from finished. Schmidt and 12 states have already responded with their own battle plans, but it’s up to every patriotic American to oppose the left’s radical agenda and support policies that truly help the nation.