Twelve states (including Missouri) with Republican attorneys general Monday sued President Joe Biden over his first executive order aimed at climate change, alleging he lacked the constitutional authority to implement new rules about greenhouse gases. Biden signed Executive Order 13990, directing federal agencies to calculate the “social cost” of greenhouse gas pollution by estimating “monetized damages” to inform future federal regulations. But the 12 states that are plaintiffs say assigning such values is a “quintessentially legislative action that falls within Congress’ exclusive authority.” They also say the economic ramifications of the order will be disastrous.
Joey Garrison and Ledyard King. USA TODAY. March 8, 2021.