Making good on his promises to battle President Trump on energy and environmental policy, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday that he is suing the administration for violating laws that set energy efficiency standards for appliances like ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, and walk-in freezers.

Together with a coalition of Attorneys General from California, Illinois, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the City of New York, Schniederman is alleging that president Trump's obstruction of the implementation of efficiency standards will cost consumers and businesses up to $24 billion in future savings. Furthermore, the new standards would have saved electricity consumption equal to that of 36 million American households, and kept millions of tons of air pollutants out of the atmosphere, the lawsuit claims.

"We won't hesitate to use the full force of our office to protect New Yorkers," Schneiderman said in a statement Monday. The six efficiency rules at the center of Schneiderman's lawsuit were due to go into effect March 20th, but were delayed until September 30th with no explanation from the White House, Bloomberg notes.

“The Trump administration needs to do its job and follow the law on energy efficiency," Kit Kennedy, a director at the National Resources Defense Council, told Bloomberg in a statement. "These inexplicable delays are hurting the pocketbooks of America’s families and businesses, and creating uncertainty for manufacturers.”

As he announced his lawsuit Monday, Schneiderman cited federal Department of Energy estimates that the new appliance efficiency standards would combine to eliminate emissions of 292 million tons of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, 734 thousand tons of pollutants that attribute to soot and smog, 1.2 million tons of climate-changing pollutant methane, and over 1,000 pounds of mercury over the next 30 years.

"Energy efficiency standards are vital to public health, our environment, and consumers. This is yet another example of how the Trump administration’s polluter-first energy policy has real and harmful impacts on the public health, environment - and pocketbooks - of New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said. “By blocking these common sense standards, the administration is reversing progress in cleaning the air we breathe and fighting climate change - and denying consumers and businesses some $24 billion in savings. I will continue to use the full force of my office to compel the Trump administration to live up to its obligations to the law and the people of New York.”