CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this week sought to have their say in an effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block federal regulations aimed at curbing global warming.
On Friday, Tomblin and Morrisey announced that they had filed a "friend of the court" brief in one of a barrage of new petitions that seek to overturn a landmark 2007 ruling confirming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's duty to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
Their brief, filed Thursday, joined with Kansas and Montana in supporting a petition filed last month by Texas and 11 other states urging the Supreme Court to throw out the ruling.
West Virginia officials are not parties to the case, but instead submitted an amicus curiae brief, a legal filing aimed at providing additional information to a court.
Tomblin and Morrisey said in a prepared statement that EPA greenhouse rules are another example of the federal agency overstepping its authority in a way that hurts West Virginia's coal industry.
"I hope the high court recognizes the urgency and critical importance of our brief for all Americans," Tomblin said in the statement.
The 32-page brief argues that the EPA's rules "would impose enormous costs on businesses that must comply with the unprecedented new permit requirements, on their customers, and on the states that must administer this new program."
Scientific evidence continues to mount that human activities -- primarily the burning of fossil fuels such as coal -- are altering the planet's climate in potentially dangerous ways. Last week, a review of nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed studies, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reported a 97 percent consensus that humans are causing global warming.