Consequences of the Supreme Court’s EPA smackdown

Electricity Substation
Electricity Substation

In a surprising and stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court backhanded President Obama’s Climate Change agenda by blocking the Environmental Protection Agency takeover of the power grid.

The Court, in a 5-4 vote, stopped EPA’s Clean Power Plan in its tracks by granting a stay on the agency’s regulatory effort until legal action against the regulation can be resolved—first at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit and then likely at the Supreme Court.

West Virginia Attorney General praised the decision: “We are thrilled that the Supreme Court realized the rule’s immediate impact and froze its implementation, protecting workers and saving countless dollars as our fight against its legality continues.”

In contrast, Press Secretary Josh Earnest disagreed with the Court saying, “We remain confident that we will prevail on the merits.”

The lower court is set to hear the case on June 2 and will likely reach a decision in the fall.

Blocking the core of the president’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions is a crushing blow to Obama’s legacy, his global leadership on climate change and most importantly, a rebuke to his abuse of power.

The Clean Power Plan forced states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Under the regulation states were required to meet individual emissions reduction targets that would result in total U.S. emissions of 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

A coalition of almost 30 states, companies and trade groups asked the Court to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan because the EPA was forcing the states, without congressional approval, to reconstruct the way electricity is generated at great cost and uncertainty to the reliability of power production.

The Court’s decision is extremely important because it stopped Obama’s arrogant abuse of power that twisted the Clean Air Act to meet the president’s political agenda.

Read the rest by Tom Borelli at ConservativeReview.

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