Attorney General Mark Brnovich calls on Congress to reject federal energy ‘power grab’

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined an 18-state coalition in today sending a letter to Congress opposing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022 (the “ law “). The attorneys general argue that the act’s three interrelated provisions prevent states from setting their own land use and energy policies.

“The law is unfair and takes power away from states to decide policies for their own people,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said. “Arizona and Louisiana shouldn’t have to pay for the expensive energy preferences of California and New York.”

The letter argues that the law “…would authorize private companies use eminent domain against state land.” It could also force private companies to build new facilities. Finally, the letter states that the law “…would allow companies to spread the costs of constructing new transmission facilities over residents of other statesforcing citizens of one state to subsidize the agenda of citizens of other states.

The attorneys general of Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas and Utah join General Brnovich in the letter.

Read a copy of the letter here.