Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is stepping up his calls for states to not comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rules for existing power plants, saying governors should wait for legal challenges to play out before crafting their own emissions plans.
In a letter to the National Governors Association, the Kentucky Republican said Thursday the EPA proposal is "already on shaky legal grounds" and that Congress and the courts need time to address it. He adds that states would not face legal consequences if they fail to write plans to meet EPA rules.
"Some have recently suggested that failing to comply with the EPA's requirements would be to disregard the law," McConnell wrote. "But the fact is, it is the EPA that is failing to comply with the law here."
In a statement, the White House said that EPA had followed the law in setting the plan and blasted the majority leader for his plans.
"Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges that we face, and instead of offering solutions, Senator McConnell's alternative is an inappropriate and unfounded attempt to dictate state decisions," said spokesman Frank Benenati.
"While Senator McConnell and the other climate deniers in Congress will do everything they can to block or hinder the administration's progress on climate change, the administration is committed to moving forward to tackle climate change head on," he added.