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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Murphy pulls out of Clean Power suit

By David Wildstein, January 30 2018 4:12 pm

New Jersey will withdraw as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seeks to overturn President Obama’s Clean Power Plan regulations.

The suit was filed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a New Jersey native who sought the Republican nomination for Congress against Mike Ferguson in New Jersey’s seventh district eighteen years ago.  He is now seeking the GOP nomination to run against U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.

“This case is completely contradictory to the values that we have in this state and to our commitment to clean energy,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “We acknowledge the reality of climate change and attempting to stop smart regulations due to baseless fears about EPA overreaching is reprehensible. Governor Christie and his administration supported this lawsuit despite a wealth of evidence that tougher limits on carbon emissions are necessary to ensure a healthier future for our state.”

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule seeks to slow down global warming and protect human health.

“We believe that New Jersey should and can comply with the proposed requirement to submit a plan to reduce its production of carbon dioxide. By withdrawing from the current lawsuit that aims to prevent the Clean Power Plan rule from going into effect, New Jersey steps out of the

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