Trump administration asks judge to stop court challenge to COVID-19 rule
The Trump administration is asking a federal judge to block a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, saying the rule will unfairly target businesses and homeowners.
The Trump administration argues that the rule is a necessary step to combat climate change and prevent the spread of COVID, which is transmitted through respiratory droplets.
But environmental lawyers and groups that represent the affected industries, including the National Association of Manufacturers, say the rule would cause massive harm to industries that rely on carbon-based energy.
The suit is being brought by the American Wind Energy Association, the National Council of La Raza, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Petroleum Institute, among others.
It was filed in the U