A group of 12 attorneys general filed a joint lawsuit on Monday, March 8, against the Biden administration over the executive order to address alleged “climate change,” arguing that in addition to having no authority to do so, the proposed measures will destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

The lawsuit, led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is joined by the attorneys general of Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. According to Fox News, executive order 13990 “has the potential to have a serious economic impact across the country through the expansion of federal regulatory power.”

In other words, Biden’s order will not only destroy the economies of the states with his ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions, but it will also bypass governors’ decisions on how to manage their states.

In his executive order, the Democratic president established a working group to determine the “social costs” of greenhouse gas emissions. The breakdown is as follows: $269 billion for carbon dioxide, $990 billion for methane gas, and $8.24 trillion for nitrous oxide, for a total of approximately $9.5 trillion.

The lawsuit says, “In practice, this enormous figure will be used to justify an equally enormous expansion of federal regulatory power that will intrude into every aspect of Americans’ lives—from their cars to their refrigerators and homes, to their grocery and electric bills.”

Schmitt said that Biden has no authority to issue binding figures on the “social cost” of greenhouse gases to be used in federal regulation and that these regulations will destroy agriculture and manufacturing.

“Under President Biden’s executive order, which he didn’t have the authority to enact, these hardworking Missourians who have lived and worked this land for generations could be left in the dust,” Schmitt said.

The $9.5 trillion estimated by Biden’s working group is the cost Americans will have to pay because of industrial and agricultural pollution and pollution generated from our usual way of life.

Biden’s plan will only destroy the US economy

According to Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus, Biden’s plan is “fantastically expensive and perfectly useless.” 

Lomborg explains that even if all the targets set by the Paris Accords, which Biden rejoined, were met, by 2070, the world would only reduce the heating effect of pollution by a mere 0.05 degrees, something that would be impossible even to measure.

According to Lomborg, the approach is not to spend so much money on cutting gas emissions that have no real effect but to invest in innovative solutions.

“Take the terrible air pollution in Los Angeles in the 1950s. It wasn’t fixed by naively asking people to stop driving cars. Instead, it was fixed through innovation—the catalytic converter allowed people to drive further yet pollute little,” said Lomborg.

He added, “We should spend tens of billions to innovate the price of green energy below fossil fuels. Spending trillions on enormous and premature emissions cuts is an unsustainable and ineffective First World approach.”