Bloomberg Law
March 8, 2021, 7:09 PMUpdated: March 8, 2021, 9:49 PM

White House’s Reworked Climate Metric Draws Suit from States (1)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

Republican attorneys general are taking aim at the Biden administration for revamping how the federal government calculates the cost of greenhouse gases.

Twelve states led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) filed suit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, accusing President Joe Biden of exceeding the executive branch’s power in restoring Obama-era values for an analytical tool called the social cost of greenhouse gases.

The lawsuit represents the first aggressive legal attack on the Biden administration’s commitment to prioritizing climate action.

The government uses the metric to assess the harm caused by emissions ...

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