State attorneys general add dire national climate study to comments challenging EPA climate rollbacks

A coalition of 29 state attorneys general are using the text of the Trump administration’s National Climate Assessment to back their claims that two recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rollbacks are out of step with reality.

The group, lead by California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump's use of Pentagon funds for US-Mexico border wall illegal, court rules LA coroner walks back suicide ruling in hanging death of Robert Fuller amid backlash Supreme Court denies petition to hear 'sanctuary' case MORE and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, submitted the study Friday as part of their official comments opposing the Trump administration’s changes to the vehicle emissions standard and Clean Power Plan.

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They argued that the administration’s own study needs to be used as evidence that more must be done to cease greenhouse gas emissions.

The federal study, released in late November, warned of the dire economic effects of climate change on the U.S.

“The Trump Administration can’t turn a blind eye to climate change facts staring it right in the face,” Becerra said in a statement. “Its own National Climate Assessment is clear: It is time for the Trump Administration to bravely tackle climate change in the face of industry opposition. We can’t squander this opportunity to save our children and families from the overwhelming burden of climate change.”

While the comment period for the administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient vehicles rule (SAFE) closed already, the attorneys general said they plan to include the National Climate Assessment as a supplement to their October comments.

The groups argued in their new addition that it would be “unlawful” for the administration to move forward with its proposals, which would increase the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and be a direct rebuke to the federal study.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE and EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler have both questioned the claims laid out in the federal report. When asked about its findings, Trump told reporters earlier this month of the study, "I don't believe it."

Wheeler told reporters recently that he is still reading the findings and getting a read out by his policy team.