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Press Release: Attorney General Labrador Joins 19-State Lawsuit Against California & Others Threatening Energy System

By • May 29, 2024

The following press release was sent out by the Office of Attorney General Raúl Labrador. Press releases do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

[BOISE] – Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador joined a 19-state coalition asking the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional the efforts of California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to dictate the future of American energy policy. Those five states have brought unprecedented litigation against the nation’s most vital energy companies for an alleged “climate crisis,” and are demanding billions of dollars in damages. As litigation proceeds in their individual state courts, California and the others threaten to impose ruinous penalties and coercive remedies that would affect energy and fuel consumption and production across the country.

“It’s not a new tactic to sue an industry to force a social agenda, but the stakes have never been higher,” said Attorney General Labrador. “We cannot let national energy policy be driven by a handful of activist states pushing their climate change agenda. This will just increase prices for everyone at the pump while crippling our national economy.”

The Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the Alabama-led 19-state lawsuit against California and the other four proposed defendants. The coalition’s filing includes a motion, complaint, and brief, which argue that traditional energy sources like oil, natural gas, and coal are essential for American prosperity. The states also argue that the matter is of utmost importance because our system of federalism gives each state no more power than any other state.

In April, Alabama also led a 20-state amicus brief in the Supreme Court asking the Court to review a lawsuit filed by the City and County of Honolulu, which also seeks to impose billions of dollars in penalties on the energy industry. Honolulu claims that the companies deceived consumers about the emissions created by everyday products like gasoline. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the energy companies’ request to hear the case.

The Alabama-led motion was also joined by attorneys general from Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

4 thoughts on “Press Release: Attorney General Labrador Joins 19-State Lawsuit Against California & Others Threatening Energy System

  1. Thank you! Keep up the good fight. The insanity of what has been taking place in our government is a horror show. Now they’re blowing up buildings that contain propane, or natural gas just to show us “common” people all the “dangers of clean energy”! Burning down warehouses that are housed with chickens and keeping us from eating beef because of the so called mad cow disease. Insanity has quadrupled in our country. People see it, we appreciate you seeing it too and fighting for our rights! And while you’re at it; how about fighting against GMO foods. It’s now in everything we buy. Apeel being smeared on our fruit, another cancer causing petroleum product. They really are trying to kill us! Keep fighting! This is America!!

  2. We need to elect Raul Labrador to the office of Governor of Idaho. He is a proven conservative that has Idahoans best interests in mind, not to mention being a smart and fearless Constitutionalist!.

  3. Something Idaho could do immediately is to remove Representative Mike Simpson from office now!

  4. One thing about it for once an official in Idaho is actually doing something for Idaho.
    Idaho seven I’m with you sure hard to believe that Simpson made the front runner.

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