AUSTIN –The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on the lawsuit filed today by a Texas-led, 24-state coalition challenging the Clean Power Plan rule, published today in the Federal Register.

“Many states have once again united in opposition to oppressive tyranny,” said Robert Henneke, director of the Center for the American Future. “Unfortunately, the abuse comes not from without, but directly from our federal government. The multi-state lawsuit proceeding forward today has nothing to do with the environment as the Clean Power Plan has little impact upon worldwide temperatures. Rather, the lawsuits launched today represent an assertion of Tenth Amendment sovereignty against an oppressive regime aimed at harming middle class families through higher energy costs."

“Today, a shocking 24 states have joined together to sue the EPA over the Plan which only impacts 47 states,” said Doug Domenech, director of the Fueling Freedom Project. “When more than half of the states affected say a rule is unconstitutional, it is clear something is wrong.  We applaud the actions of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in recognizing the flawed rule and its impact on Texas families and businesses.”

The Honorable Robert Henneke is Director of the Center for the American Future. Henneke served as the twice-elected Kerr County Attorney and as Assistant Attorney General in the General Litigation division of the Texas Attorney General’s office. 
The Honorable Doug Domenech is Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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