(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" in efforts to counter the Obama administration's proposed restrictions on carbon emission from power plants.
The Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said Washington is waging a "war on coal," calling the EPA rules part of a "radical ideology" in President Barack Obama's energy policy.
Jindal joined three other Republican governors, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's also considering a run for the White House, in arguing the environmental protection agency's actions would harm their states' economies and raise energy prices.
The White House has taken on climate change as a top issue in Obama's second term, announcing earlier this month proposed restrictions on power plants that would reduce emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Obama's rollout of the administration's new effort to reduce the nation's biggest source of pollution blamed for global warming has incited a firestorm of criticism from Congress and sparked a multimillion-dollar campaign backed by the energy industry seeking to debunk the science of climate change.
The restrictions on coal, Jindal said, are just the starting point for the EPA's overreach.
"First it's coal, then it's going to be oil and gas," he said.
Asked by a reporter at the Houston news conference what - besides political rhetoric - the GOP state executives plan on doing to combat the regulations, Jindal said first and foremost Congress needs to do a better job of oversight of the agency, but litigation is the next step.
"I think there's a very real, good chance of litigation, not only initiated by the states - I think you're going to see industries and others," he said
"I think this is an area absolutely ripe for litigation, and I say that as someone who doesn't normally favor litigation."
Perry called the proposed rules an "unwarranted, unmanageable and, I might say, unconstitutional power grab."
The Texas governor and 2012 presidential candidate, said Obama "continues to wage this war on American energy simply to appease what appears to me to be a tiny sliver of environmental extremists."
Jindal and Perry, flanked by Govs. Matt Mead from Wyoming and Jack Dalrymple from North Dakota, slammed the administration's delay on approving the Keystone pipeline - a 1,179-mile-long project that would move oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
Jindal tacked onto his willingness to use legal action over the issue the prediction that voters in this year's midterm elections would highlight the unpopularity of the White House's energy policies, forecasting a wave of Republican support to take back control of the U.S. Senate.
But Republicans aren't the only ones opposed to Obama's recent push to combat climate change with energy regulations. As 2014 election campaigns ramp up, Democratic candidates from states with large coal industries are distancing themselves from the White House over the politically caustic issue.
The Democratic National Committee pounced on the news conference, calling the GOP governors' comments "the same old misinformation and scare tactics" in an email blast.