Dems want Obama to appeal ruling that nixed emissions rule

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Rep. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyNet neutrality supporters predict tough court battle over FCC's repeal plan Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Driverless car bill hits Senate speed bump MORE (D-Mass.), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, similarly urged the administration to “appeal this misguided decision by the courts so that Massachusetts and other states impacted by harmful emissions from old, polluting coal plants can clean up their air.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision released Tuesday, sent EPA back to the drawing board on the rule to curb soot- and smog-forming pollution from more than two dozen states in the eastern half of the country.

Environmentalists say the rule provides vital public health protections, while critics call the measure too aggressive, alleging it will impose economic burdens.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.), who sponsored an unsuccessful resolution to overturn the regulation, cheered the court decision.

“I will continue to use the resources at my disposal to fight against an out-of-control EPA overreach into the rights of states and the lives of citizens,” he said in a statement.

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeGOP senator on backing Moore: ‘It’s a numbers game’ Overnight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulator Senate panel advances controversial environmental nominee MORE (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, also called the decision good news, and alleged EPA has an “extremist agenda.”

“I am pleased that the courts have reined in EPA on this illegal, flawed rule,” he said in a statement. “With [the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule], EPA moved too far too fast, setting unrealistic deadlines for states to meet its stringent requirements.”