During President Barack Obama’s announcement of his “Clean Power Plan” last month, he admonished Americans: “We got to know our history.”
His climate change plan is certainly history-making — but for all of the wrong reasons. Not only is it illegal, it’s unconstitutional.
Fortunately, the scheme’s fate will be determined by the judicial branch rather than the executive branch. More than a dozen state attorneys general are banding together to file a lawsuit to protect states’ rights and the economic interests of their constituents. Although Attorney General Chris Koster has yet to indicate whether he will join this like-minded, bipartisan group of attorneys general, I am hopeful he will ultimately decide to stand up for Missouri and against EPA’s overreach.
It’s a shame the president is dodging the legislative process and trampling states’ rights — all to fulfill a political legacy that risks U.S. household budgets and businesses.
We cannot afford to let the president act through executive fiat without judicial action. The stakes are just too high for Missouri’s economy and its low- and middle-income households, including 1.2 million homes — more than half the state’s households.