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Thursday, June 30, 2022

SCOTUS Ruling Limits Environmental Protection Agency's Power to Regulate Fossil Fuels

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SCOTUS Ruling Limits Environmental Protection Agency's Power to Regulate Fossil Fuels

This morning the Supreme Court ruled to sharply cut back the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce the carbon output of existing power plants.

Mainstream news sources are calling this “a blow to the nation’s chances of averting catastrophic climate change.” (So, if you actually have a brain, you’ll see another victory here, courtesy of Trump’s conservatives in our Supreme Court.)

(Washington Post) West Virginia v. EPA is the latest battle pitting the coal industry and Republican-led states against a Democratic administration that proposes sweeping changes to the way the nation’s power sector produces electricity.

The vote was 6 to 3, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. writing for the court’s conservatives:

“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,’ ” Roberts wrote, referring to a court precedent. “But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme.”

Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the dissenters, countered: “Today, the Court strips the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the power Congress gave it to respond to ‘the most pressing environmental challenge of our time,’ ” referring to another precedent.

SCOTUS strikes again. This moves the US even further away from Biden’s goal of running the U.S. economy into the ground in compliance with Agenda 2030. 

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