A dozen U.S. states are taking the Biden administration to court over the projected impact of an executive order related to climate change.
According to reports, Missouri is leading the coalition by suing the Biden administration as well as other government agencies based on the argument that the news regulations will hurt workers as well as the larger state economies in those states.
“The magnitude of the regulatory costs”
The other states represented in the suit are Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
At issue in the case are the social costs of Biden’s executive order, particularly the “interim values” of $269 billion for carbon dioxide, $990 billion for methane, and $8.24 trillion for nitrous oxide for a total of roughly $9.5 trillion, as determined by an interagency working group created under the order.
“This number gives some idea of the magnitude of the regulatory costs on the American economy that the Interim Values would justify,” the suit asserts.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a statement regarding the claims being made in court, declaring: “Under President Biden’s executive order, which he didn’t have the authority to enact, these hard-working Missourians who have lived and worked this land for generations could be left in the dust.”
As the suit claims, Biden’s order “will destroy jobs, stifle energy production, strangle America’s energy independence, suppress agriculture, deter innovation, and impoverish working families.”
“What good does it do”
The assessment of a “social cost” to the environmental issues at hand “is an inherently speculative, policy-laden, and indeterminate task, which involves attempting to predict such unknowable contingencies as future human migrations, international conflicts, and global catastrophes for hundreds of years into the future,” the states argue.
In addition to the Biden administration, the suit was filed against Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Agriculture.
When the American people learn of the economic toll trillions of dollars in higher energy costs, not to mention untold lost jobs, will have on the economy in years to come, a huge number are not going to be on board.
After all, even if the U.S. does meet its goals of reducing the nation’s climate footprint, other nations like China and India seem to be offsetting any environmental benefits.
During his recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, former President Donald Trump mentioned that issue as a core flaw in Biden’s environmental agenda, declaring: “What good does it do when we’re clean, but China is not and Russia is not and India is not. They’re pouring fumes and we’re trying to protect everything and building products for three times more than is necessary.”