Joe Biden Sued By 12 States

( Republicans are signaling that President Joe Biden isn’t going to be able to push through his progressive agenda without some kickback.

On Monday, 12 states that are led by Republicans filed a lawsuit against the president regarding the first executive order he signed about climate change. The states are alleging that Biden doesn’t have the constitutional authority to implement any new rules about greenhouse gases.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, is being led by Eric Schmitt, the Republican attorney general from Missouri. The plaintiffs are arguing that the president violated the Constitutional clause known as separation of powers. Only Congress has the power to set regulations, not the president, the lawsuit states.

Biden’s Executive Order 13990 was signed in his first day in the White House. It directed federal agencies to calculate the “social cost” of pollution caused by greenhouse gas. They were instructed to do so by estimating “monetized damages” that would then inform federal regulations in the future.

Included in this, according to the executive order, are property damage that happened due to the increased risk of flood, the value of ecosystem services, human health and net agricultural productivity.

The Republican-led states are saying that assigning values to these things is a “quintessentially legislative action that falls within Congress’s exclusive authority.”

The plaintiffs further say that the economic ramifications that the order will bring on America could be disastrous. The lawsuit reads:

“If the Executive Order stands, it will inflict hundreds of billions or trillions of dollars of damage to the U.S. economy for decades to come. It will destroy jobs, stifle energy production, strangle America’s energy independence, suppress agriculture, deter innovation, and impoverish working families. It undermines the sovereignty of the States and tears at the fabric of liberty.”

Joining Schmitt in the suit are state attorneys general from the states of Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Nebraska, Montana, Kansas, Indiana, Arizona and Arkansas. All of those attorneys general are Republicans.

Both the Department of Justice and White House declined to issue a comment on the lawsuit, according to a USA Today report.

The lawsuit is asking the courts to issue an order that would prohibit these federal agencies from estimating “social cost.” They also want the court to declare this is “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and contrary to law.”

One of the big effects of this executive order was halting the Keystone XL Pipeline. This was a huge decision by the Biden administration that instantly killed thousands of jobs for hard-working Americans — mostly in rural communities.

Also among the effects of the order was Biden instructing the Interior Department to review the decision by the Trump administration to shrink boundaries of various national monuments.

Following this executive order, Biden also took action on climate change, elevating it to a national security concern, and committing to conserve at least 30% of all federal land and water by 2030 — up from 12% before.

His economic policy agenda will also direct federal agencies to “procure carbon pollution-free electricity and clean, zero-emission vehicles to create good-paying, union jobs and stimulate clean energy industries.”