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

The letter was sent to Sens. John KerryJohn KerryCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president Sinclair and 'Big Media': The outrage that caused the outrage Tillerson sets a lost State Department on the right course MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Trump's Charlottesville rhetoric 'dividing Americans, not healing them' OPINION: Congress should censure Trump for his unfit conduct Supporting 'Dreamers' is our civic and moral duty 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.