US Supreme Court Limits Federal Power to Curb Carbon Emissions

The court’s 6-3 ruling restricted the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants under the landmark Clean Air Act anti-pollution law.

Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters
US Supreme Court Limits Federal Power to Curb Carbon Emissions

California Governor Gavin Newsom said the Supreme Court “sided with the fossil fuel industry, kneecapping EPA’s basic ability to tackle climate change.” (Source: Image of Supreme Court building by EQRoy / Shutterstock.com)

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 imposed limits on the federal government’s authority to issue sweeping regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in a ruling that will undermine President Joe Biden’s plans to tackle climate change and could constrain various agencies on other issues.

The court’s 6-3 ruling restricted the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants under the landmark Clean Air Act anti-pollution law. Biden's administration is currently working on new regulations.

The court’s six conservatives were in the majority in the decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, with the three liberals dissenting.

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