Nevada joins states fighting Obama’s climate rule

Nevada is joining the two dozen states fighting to stop the Obama administration’s climate change rule for power plants in court, though only in a limited capacity.

Adam Paul Laxalt, Nevada’s Republican attorney general, filed a brief late Tuesday in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit supporting the arguments put forth by West Virginia, Texas and numerous other states objecting to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation.

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Laxalt said the emissions cuts the EPA is asking for from Nevada are manageable, but the regulation is still likely to harm the state.

“First, EPA’s unprecedented regulations harm energy consumers in other states, thus threatening harm to the overall national economy and in turn to Nevada's vital tourism industry,” he wrote in a brief joined by Consumers’ Research, an advocacy group.

He additionally argued that the Clean Power Plan would set a precedent that could bring about harsher regulations that more directly harm Nevada.

The state filed the brief as an “amicus curiae,” or friend of the court, and has elected to stay out of closer involvement with the litigation.

The brief was filed the same day as numerous other amicus briefs supporting the challengers, including one from more than 200 lawmakers.

Conservative states have generally lined up behind West Virginia to help challenge the rule. Meanwhile, a coalition of liberal states, joined by some cities and a county, are participating to help the EPA defend the regulation.