Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge lost her fight to support Donald Trump’s effort to aid coal-burning power plans. The New York Times reports:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, paving the way for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. to enact new and stronger restrictions on power plants.


The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia called the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule a “fundamental misconstruction” of the nation’s environmental laws, devised through a “tortured series of misreadings” of legal statute.


On the last full day of the Trump presidency, it effectively ended the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to weaken and undermine climate change policies and capped a dismal string of failures in which courts threw out one deregulation after another. Experts have widely described the E.P.A.’s losing streak as one of the worst legal records of the agency in modern history.

This is one of many cases that Rutledge proudly joined to set back environmental regulations. Ernest Dumas recounts her dirty record here.


Arkansas has three coal-burning power plants, though Entergy has been moving to reduce emissions at two of them.