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ENERGY BRIEFING: Attorneys General Debate Carbon Air Standards

Aug. 10, 2022, 10:09 AM

Republican and Democratic state attorneys general are in a battle of letters over the future of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to consider national air quality standards for carbon.

After the US Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA pulled back the agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions, Democrats have been exploring the ability of individual states to regulate greenhouse gases under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, or NAAQS.

Now the West Virginia Attorney General who led the challenge in that Supreme Court case, Republican Patrick Morrisey, says that allowing states to use that standard to regulate carbon ...