Supreme Court Halts EPA’s Clean Power Plan

by Elizabeth Alford on February 10, 2016

The aggressive assault by the Obama Administration on the oil and gas industry suffered a set back this week as the Supreme Court halted newly proposed emissions regulations.

Related: Ruling to Slash Methane Emissions

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court stepped in to put a temporary halt Obama’s plans for sweeping changes to address climate change. In a 5-4 decisions, the justices blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was set in motion in August. The plan mandates existing power plants reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The regulation was an important initiative and a cornerstone in the President’s overarching plan to address climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Many believe that the administration has an aggressive agenda to sabotage the oil and gas industry and the jobs it has created.

Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, said the rule “is another unprecedented attack” on energy production. “The EPA’s plan to limit emissions flies in the face of technological reality,” he said. “The truth is that while the oil and natural gas industry has greatly increased production on state and private lands, methane emissions have actually fallen.”

The 29 states that are fighting the regulation urged the High Court to block what they called a “power grab” that is “the most far-reaching and burdensome rule the E.P.A. has ever forced onto the states.”

Undeterred, the Whitehouse issued a statement that said,  “The administration will continue to take aggressive steps to make forward progress to reduce carbon emissions.”

Appellate arguments are set to begin June 2.



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