Bloomberg Law
Aug. 31, 2021, 8:26 PM

Lawsuit Against Biden Climate Metric Tossed by Federal Judge

Jennifer Hijazi
Jennifer Hijazi

A lawsuit brought by Missouri and 12 other Republican-led states against the White House’s interim social cost of carbon is “not ripe” for court, a federal judge said Tuesday, dismissing the case.

The states’ claims against the interim estimates— introduced in Executive Order 13990— are premature, since the impact of the order can’t be felt yet, Judge Audrey Fleissig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled.

Plaintiffs also failed to prove they have standing, since the executive order “neither requires nor forbids any action” from the states, she said after hearing oral arguments in ...