12 Republican-led states are suing the Biden Administration over climate change. The lawsuit alleges that a January executive order on climate change that told officials to examine the “social cost of greenhouse gases” was overreaching.


The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Missouri, said, “Setting the ‘social cost’ of greenhouse gases is an inherently speculative, policy-laden, and indeterminate task, which involves attempting to predict such unknowable contingencies as future human migrations, international conflicts, and global catastrophes for hundreds of years into the future. Assigning such values is a quintessentially legislative action that falls within Congress’s exclusive authority.”

The executive order, signed by Biden on his first day in office, asks agencies to estimate “monetized damages” from climate change, including property damage, agricultural productivity and the value of ecosystem services, among others.

Alongside Missouri, the other states in the lawsuit are Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.

The White House and Department of Justice declined to comment on the suit.

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