TOPEKA – (April 1, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today informed the Kansas Corporation Commission that the state’s legal strategy to combat costly and illegal federal energy regulations will remain focused on protecting Kansas consumers and ratepayers and won’t be distracted by what he called the “Gore group.”
Schmidt was referring to a news conference convened Tuesday in New York in which former Vice President Al Gore joined in announcing 17 state and territorial attorneys general favor using state securities and consumer protection laws to investigate statements made by energy companies during discussions about climate science years ago. Schmidt is not among the 17 attorneys general in the Gore group.
“I want to assure you that the State of Kansas is not participating in the Gore group’s initiative, which one reporter at the New York news conference likened to a ‘publicity stunt,’” Schmidt wrote. “Instead, Kansas remains committed to working with the separate coalition of 27 states that are in court fighting the federal administration’s ‘Power Plan.’ Our 27-state, bipartisan coalition has successfully convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal administration’s regulatory power grab likely is illegal and should be blocked while the lower courts sort out its legality.”
Schmidt said he wanted to reassure the KCC, which has expressed concern about the cost to Kansans if the federal administration’s new “Power Plan” were implemented, that he has no plans to back off his legal challenge to the new federal regulations.
“In Kansas, we won’t take our eye off the ball,” Schmidt wrote. “The federal administration’s attempt to impose central economic planning over our nation’s energy sector threatens to significantly drive up the cost of electricity for hard-working Kansas families and businesses.”
A copy of Schmidt’s letter is available at http://1.usa.gov/25Bsj9Q .