Air quality officials to Senate: Don’t thwart us on climate

The letter was sent to Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFeehery: Oprah Dem presidential bid unlikely Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa Change in Iran will only come from its people — not the United States MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who plan to unveil their long-awaited climate change and energy bill later this month.

"It is therefore critical that future global warming legislation preserve the rights of states and localities to adopt, among other things, energy efficiency requirements, renewable portfolio standards, transportation planning measures, vehicle GHG emission standards, and regional or state-wide emission caps on industrial and other major GHG sources," the letter adds.

The letter follows a similar plea from Democratic attorneys general from seven states earlier this week.

But the state officials’ push to preserve their power is running up against the wishes of industry groups that Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman are aggressively courting as they seek support for controversial emissions limits.

Groups including the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce say any new federal emissions mandate should limit state powers and block EPA from regulating under its existing Clean Air Act authority.