Biden's power was limited by the Supreme Court to cut emissions

By Rek Hanibal Published on July 01, 2022
Biden's power was limited by the Supreme Court to cut emissions

The landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court represents a significant setback to President Joe Biden's climate plans.
He called it a "devastating decision" but said it would not undermine his effort to tackle the climate crisis.

West Virginia brought the case against the EPA on behalf of 18 other mostly Republican-led states and some of the nation's largest coal companies.

They argued that the agency did not have the authority to limit emissions across states.
These 19 states were worried their power sectors would be forced to move away from using coal at a severe economic cost.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court sided with the conservative states and fossil-fuel companies, agreeing that the EPA did not have the authority to impose such sweeping measures.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt for Missouri - one of the 19 states - called it a "big victory... that pushes back on the Biden EPA's job-killing regulations".

The court hasn't wholly prevented the EPA from making these regulations in the future - but says that Congress would have to say it authorises this power. And Congress has previously rejected the EPA's proposed carbon limiting programmes.

Environmental groups will be deeply concerned by the outcome as, historically, the 19 states that brought the case have made little progress on reducing their emissions - which is necessary to limit climate change.

The states made up 44% of the US emissions in 2018 and, since 2000, have only achieved a 7% reduction in their emissions on average.

"Today's Supreme Court ruling undermines EPA's authority to protect people from climate pollution at a time when all evidence shows we must take action with great urgency," said Vickie Patton, general counsel for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Rek Hanibal

Rek Hanibal

0 Comment

No comment found. Be the first one to add comment on this article.

Leave a Comment