DOJ Sues California For Exceeding Its Authority With Canadian Cap-And-Trade Deal

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The Department of Justice has stepped up its enforcement obligations and has California squarely in its sights.

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit seeking to put an end to a California program that caps carbon emissions coming from the transportation industry.

The DOJ claims California has exceeded its authority by making this deal with Canada.

“The state of California has veered outside of its proper constitutional lane to enter into an international emissions agreement. The power to enter into such agreements is reserved to the federal government, which must be able to speak with one voice in the area of U.S. foreign policy,” DOJ said in a release according to the Hill.

“California’s unlawful cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec undermines the president’s ability to negotiate competitive agreements with other nations, as the President sees fit.”

Environmental groups defended California and ripped DOJ:

“California and Quebec are modeling an innovative, legally and environmentally robust program that cuts pollution and delivers economic incentives for cleaner energy, fuels and business practices,” the Environmental Defense Fund wrote.

“The administration is yet again not only tearing down critical health protections and safeguards, but is going after others who seek to uphold or extend them.”