Attorney General James Condemns Trump Admin Policy Ignoring Climate Change
NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James 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a coalition of 19 Attorneys General in filing a comment letter opposing the Council of Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) draft guidance on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA serves as the cornerstone of America’s 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. The requirement to consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate change that the Trump Administration is now attempting to revoke was the result of guidance issued by the Obama Administration in 2016. In the comment letter, the coalition asserts that the Trump Administration’s draft guidance encourages agencies to violate NEPA and is arbitrary and capricious.