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Horne drops support for EPA on greenhouse gases

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said during his inaugural speech Monday, Jan. 3 that he will defend Arizona's controversial new immigration law. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne during his inaugural speech Jan. 3 (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona’s new Republican attorney general is pulling out of several court cases in which his Democratic predecessor supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gases.

Attorney General Tom Horne is withdrawing Arizona as an intervenor in the cases are being considered by a federal appeals court in Washington.

Horne says that’s because the EPA’s regulatory effort intrudes on the prerogatives of state legislators.

He also says the effort would place burdensome mandates on businesses.

Former Attorney General Terry Goddard supported federal action to curb greenhouse gases.

Arizona was among states that went to court last year to support the EPA in challenges filed by industry and business groups.

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