State attorneys general have taken strong action to combat air pollution that fouls our skies, hurts our health, and takes a toll on the environment.
WATER POLLUTION & OCEAN PROTECTION
Attorneys general are taking action to protect our nation's oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and wetlands.
Attorneys general are opposing EPA approval of a dangerous pesticide found in Americans' food, and the rollback of protections for first responders vulnerable to exposure to dangerous toxics.
CLEAN ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Attorneys general have been instrumental in helping to preserve clean energy options for consumers by opposing proposals to establish new, additional subsidies for fossil fuel energy, pushing to open up the electricity sector to greater consumer choice, and advocating for the implementation of Department of Energy energy efficiency standards.
State attorneys general pledged that they're "still in" the Paris Climate Accord after President Trump announced the United States would pull out of the agreement.
INVESTIGATION & ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
Investigation and enforcement activity is a core competence and responsibility for state attorneys general.
FEDERAL LANDS & RESOURCES
Attorneys general have challenged Interior Department efforts to nullify coal, oil, and gas royalty reforms and to reduce payments owed to federal and state taxpayers; opposed Interior's removal of the moratorium on leasing new federal lands for coal development; challenged the Administration's attempt to repeal fracking rules for oil and gas drilling on public lands; objected to large fee hikes proposed by the National Park Service for the most popular National Parks; and vowed to protect National Monuments from illegal rollbacks not permitted under the Antiquities Act.
SCIENTIFIC & ETHICAL INTEGRITY
Trump Administration actions have raised a number of serious scientific and ethical integrity issues associated with climate and environmental policy that state attorneys general are challenging.
BUDGET, BORDER WALL & REGULATORY REFORM
Attorneys general opposed the Trump Administration's fiscal year 2018 budget that would dramatically cut funding for EPA's critical environmental programs; filed suit against the Administration's border wall projects based on violations of environmental and other laws; and have been active in attempts to thwart legislation that would undermine the rulemaking process that has been used to adopt critical environmental safeguards.