McConnell tells states to stall on Obama-sought EPA emissions plans


The Senate’s Republican leader says a Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has urged the nation’s 50 governors to defy Obama’s plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants by refusing to submit compliance plans to the Environmental Protection Agency.

McConnell says in a letter to the governors Monday that the Supreme Court’s Feb. 9 ruling reinforces his view that states should refuse to act on the plan until all court challenges are decided. McConnell says the court decision provides “a welcome reprieve to states while simultaneously underlining the serious legal and policy concerns” outlined by opponents.