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Court skeptical of challenge to Obama's climate change plan

April 16, 2015

Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel are expressing doubts about a legal challenge to the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut heat-trapping pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants.

Judges Thomas Griffith and Brett Kavanaugh seemed to agree with lawyers defending the EPA that the lawsuits are premature because the agency has not yet made the rule final.

The lawsuits from a coalition of 15 states and a coal mining company are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the rule will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

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