After the abortions: The Supreme Court in the United States harms the environment

A blow to the Biden administration’s struggle in global warming: The U.S. Supreme Court today (Thursday) decided to significantly reduce the powers of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in enacting regulations regarding the operation of power plants, the second source of pollution in its U.S. contribution to global warming.

The state of West Virginia’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency dealt with the question of whether the Clean Air Act, first passed in 1963, allows the agency to enact sweeping regulations for the entire power plant industry and force them to stop using coal and redesign the U.S. power grid.

The Obama administration’s 2015 regulations, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan,” were designed to move power plants to renewable energy operations to cut pollutant emissions by 32 percent by 2030 from 2005. However, the Supreme Court halted its entry into force. Of the 2016 plan arguing that states do not have to comply with regulations until the lawsuits filed by conservative states and the coal industry do not end in the courts.

The Trump administration has formulated an alternative, more permissive plan for power plants, which has argued that the Environmental Protection Agency can set regulations on gas emissions only for a specific station and not for all of them. In January last year, on President Trump’s last day, the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled that the ordinance was “a misinterpretation of the law,” but Obama’s ordinances were not enforced either.

In today’s ruling, the six Conservative justices ruled that Congress did not give the federal agency the authority to implement the transition to cleaner energy and therefore it could not make sweeping regulations, and in practice could only take restrictive measures on individual plants. “Limiting carbon dioxide emissions to a level that will force a nationwide transition from coal use to electricity generation could be a ‘logical solution to today’s crisis,” the majority opinion, written by Court President John Roberts, read. “But no it is not conceivable that Congress has given the agency the authority to adopt such a regulatory plan of its own.”

On the other hand, the three liberal judges expressed their opposition to the reduction of powers. “Today, the court has taken away from the Environmental Protection Agency the authority that Congress has given it to respond to ‘the most pressing environmental challenge of our time,'” Judge Elena Kagan wrote.

Today ended one of the most dramatic sessions of the Supreme Court, with rulings that, among other things, repealed the constitutional right to abortion and restrictions on the carrying of weapons in public. Tonight, Liberal Judge Stephen Brier will also retire after 27 years and will be replaced by Judge Katanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman in the most important legal institution in the United States.

By Editor

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