Officials in 24 states urge Trump to kill Obama carbon plan
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. listens at left as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a national security meeting with advisers at Trump Tower in New York on Oct. 7, 2016. (Evan Vucci / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:48PM EST
WASHINGTON -- Officials in two dozen states are asking President-elect Donald Trump to issue an executive order on his first day in office declaring as illegal President Barack Obama's plan to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.
The letter sent to Trump and congressional leaders on Thursday is signed by Republican officials from 22 states and Democrats from the coal-producing states of Kentucky and Missouri.
The U.S. Supreme Court barred the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing the Clean Power Plan as lawsuits filed by more than two dozen states and fossil-fuel companies are weighed by an appeals court in Washington. The plan would require the eventual phase-out of many of the nation's coal-fired power plants.
A ruling in the case is expected soon. Trump has called the science showing climate change a hoax.