According to the plaintiffs, the decree violates the principle of separation of powers.
Authorities in Missouri and 11 other US states have filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and his administration for signing an executive order to protect public health and the environment. As Fox News reported on Monday, the plaintiffs believe that expanding the powers of federal regulators could cause serious economic damage.
According to him, his colleagues from Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah joined the lawsuit, which Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt brought. The motion states that, according to the text of the decree, the federal authorities can approve the figures of the public costs of greenhouse gases, which will then become the basis for federal regulators to change and introduce new provisions, which will lead to an additional financial burden for ordinary residents of the country. According to the plaintiffs, the decree violates the principle of separation of powers.
According to the Biden working group’s interim estimates cited in the motion, the total amount of such public costs is $9.5 trillion, “In fact, this huge figure will be used to justify a huge expansion of the power of federal regulators, who will interfere in every aspect of Americans’ lives – from their cars to refrigerators and homes, food and electricity bills,” the TV channel quotes an excerpt from the lawsuit.
Biden signed a decree on his first day in office to return the country to its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, which supports a radical reduction in greenhouse gases. In 2018, the then-White House host, Donald Trump, decided to withdraw from the agreement, which, in his opinion, hinders the development of the American economy.