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Can States Just Say ‘No’ to the New Climate Rule?

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is counseling states to defy a key pillar of President Obama’s climate change initiative,” The Hill reports.  

“But while it may be politically attractive for some states to heed the call to just say ‘no,’ to the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark limits on power plant emissions, experts say doing so could bring unwanted consequences.”  

“McConnell, a Republican from coal-rich Kentucky, reasoned in a column in the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader that states’ refusal to comply with the contentious rule could be a powerful display of protest against an administration he accuses of overreach. At the same time, he argues, states could avoid expensive impacts of a regulation that he thinks is doomed by either Congress or the federal courts.”

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