WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said Monday as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky advised the governors to defy Obama’s effort to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants by refusing to submit compliance plans to the Environmental Protection Agency.
In a follow-up letter to the governors Monday, McConnell said the Supreme Court’s Feb. 9 ruling reinforces his view that states should refuse to act on the power plant proposal until all court challenges are decided.
McConnell’s call for defiance echoed a strategy he has adopted for the Senate GOP to refuse a hearing or votes on Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
The high court’s action in a case brought by West Virginia and other states means a current delay “will likely extend well beyond this administration, providing a welcome reprieve to states while simultaneously underlining the serious legal and policy concerns I wrote you about last year,” McConnell told the governors.
“This is precisely why I suggested a ‘wait-and-see’ approach” last year, McConnell said.