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Americans For Prosperity Sues New York For Participating In Regional Climate Pact

The Koch brothers ’ corporate front group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) filed a lawsuit on Monday in New York’s State Supreme Court seeking to reverse a core piece of state action on climate change. New York joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2005 when former governor George Pataki (R) approved the state’s participation in the program. The suit alleges that New York is illegally (coercively) taxing residents by taking part in the market-based 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states’ Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI ). The AFP complaint also asserts that carbon emissions trading is unconstitutional because it infringes on federal authority to set rules on air pollution and electrical power transmission across states. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), along with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Ener...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/americans-prosperity-sues-new-y...

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