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A coalition of mostly Democratic-led states has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing its rules for addressing power plant pollution are so weak they violate federal law.

Attorneys general from 22 states and several major cities including New York City and Los Angeles argue that the Trump administration’s rule violates the Clean Air Act by having virtually no impact on carbon emissions.

The article goes on to state the following:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had finalized the rule in June to repeal and replace a capstone Obama-era carbon pollution regulation they say exceeded agency authority.

The Hill further reported:

The states that are party to the lawsuit include New York, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The District of Columbia; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; and South Miami are also party to the suit.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the lawsuit in a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday:

BREAKING: We filed a lawsuit against the Trump Admin’s @EPA over its Affordable Clean Energy rule. The science is indisputable; our climate is changing. Ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising. Weather is becoming more and more extreme. That’s why we are fighting back.

We’re not only defending the right of state and local governments to enact safety regulations to protect their citizens, but more importantly their ability to slow down the senseless loss of life that continues to haunt our communities day after day.

Without significant action, we are careening towards a climate disaster. Rather than staying the course to fix the problem to protect people’s health, safety, and the environment, Trump’s @EPA repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with this ‘Dirty Power’ rule.

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