A liberal state attorney general vows to fight the Trump administration for any changes to the EPA.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D-NY) is one of several liberals - part of the AGs United for Clean Power coalition - investigating whether individuals, think tanks and Exxon Mobil misled the public on climate change.
If the Trump administration changes or weakens the EPA, Schneiderman told CNN, he will go to court much like Republican attorneys general have done with the Obama administration.
"Mister Schneiderman hasn't been too successful in other things he's done such as trying to persecute so-called climate change deniers," observes Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
According to Spakovsky, the difference between Schneiderman's efforts and those presently fighting the Obama administration is that they have been fighting overreach by the EPA.
"It goes far beyond what the statutes that it enforces authorize," Spakovsky explains. "Federal agencies can't act outside the limited authority they're given under statute, and that's very different than an attorney general like Schneiderman going to court and saying the exact opposite that, You, EPA, need to act outside of the law."
Spakovsky calls that a losing proposition in court.
Asked if he suspects the left-wing attorneys are going after Trump's pick to run the EPA, Spakovsky suggests it's more simple than that.
Schneiderman, he says, comes from the "Progressive Left."
"That thinks there should be no limits on the power of the government," he says of the New York attorney general, "and they don't like the idea, and Schneiderman doesn't like the idea, of people coming in and saying Yeah, the government has certain duties but it can't go beyond the law and it can't interfere right down to the minutest levels of people's everyday lives."
In the meantime, the AGs United For Clean Power continue to go after people and organizations, with court cases ongoing in Texas, New York, and Massachusetts.
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