States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule

The New York Time | August 13, 2019

A coalition of 29 states and cities on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants, setting up a case that could determine how much leverage the federal government has to fight climate change in the future. The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long-running battle over the future of coal and how to regulate the nation’s heavily polluting power plants, which are major producers of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. It also is the most significant test to date of the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate or weaken former President Obama’s regulations to reduce the United States’ contribution to global warming.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower secured the passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956. This act piloted the interstate highway era while breathing new life into Mississippi’s interstate system and allowed the federal government to provide 90 percent of funds necessary for the construction of interstates. Thank you for tuning in to this MDOT 100 moment.

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