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Clean Power Plan Amicus Brief

The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), released in August of last year, represents the first serious attempt by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emission. However, it is under attack by special interests who want the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to invalidate the rule.

ASBC and the South Carolina Small Business Chamber are spearheading a “Friend of the Court” brief that argues a clear and strong business case for keeping the rule intact and allowing it to be fully implemented.

We would like as many business organizations to join us in endorsing this brief. If you would like to be listed as an endorsing organization, please complete the form below.

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The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), released in August of last year, represents the first serious attempt by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The coal industry, various utilities and more than two dozen states allied with fossil fuel interests filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to have the CPP declared illegal. The EPA and many allies are working to defend the law. 

ASBC has decided to step up and participate in the case as a “friend of the court” or amicus curiae by filing a brief in support of the CPP by April 1. Our brief emphasizes the tremendous costs that have been, and will increasingly be imposed on all businesses by climate change. The brief also highlights the economic benefits from a business perspective of addressing climate change regulation, particularly a flexible approach, like the CPP, that encourages free market solutions.