August 27, 2019
ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL CONDEMNS FEDERAL GUIDANCE ENCOURAGING AGENCIES TO IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE
Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing a comment letter opposing the Council of Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) draft guidance on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
In the comment letter, Raoul and the coalition assert that the CEQ’s draft guidance encourages agencies to violate the NEPA, is arbitrary and capricious, and should be withdrawn. The NEPA serves as the cornerstone of the United States’ environmental regulatory framework and requires agencies to consider environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change, as part of their decision-making process. Nearly every federal action requires compliance with the NEPA.
“This draft guidance moves our nation in the wrong direction when it comes to combatting climate change, and jeopardizes our environment and our economy,” Raoul said. “It irresponsibly ignores scientific evidence and creates new legal risks for projects subject to the NEPA. I will continue to fight any attempt to undermine or change policies that help address the devastating effects of climate change.”
Raoul and the coalition outline a number of concerns in the letter, including that the draft guidance:
Joining Raoul in submitting the comments are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columba, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.