New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced in a press release today that he was putting President Trump “on notice”—with an intent to sue over climate change.
Schneiderman claims that Trump has been ignoring the health and safety of New Yorkers by failing to control methane pollution. Fourteen other Attorneys General signed Schneiderman’s letter to Scott Pruitt at the EPA: those of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
“The EPA has a clear legal obligation to control methane pollution. It’s continued failure to do so is not only illegal, but undermines public health and our environment, while squandering annual savings of over $100 million.”
This isn’t the first time Schneiderman has put someone ”on notice.” On December 11th 2012, Schneiderman led seven states in a notice to sue the EPA for violation of the Clean Air Act and the same alleged failure to address methane emissions.
At least Schneiderman’s threats are bipartisan; the EPA under Obama responded by firming up regulations and standards. Given Trump’s recent (in)action on climate change, it will be interesting to see how he will respond—possibly with a string of incendiary tweets attacking the Attorney General.
But hey, maybe that’s exactly what Schneiderman wants. He’s running for reelection in 2018 and vying to keep the support of his predominately Democratic constituents. With a little luck and a few more press releases, he might even be governor someday.