The Supreme court of the United States handed down a 6-3 decision restricting the Enviromental Protection Agencies ability to pass widespread regulations that would overhaul entire industries without congressional approval.
According to a report by Fox News the decision in essence limit’s the executive branch’s ability to enforce eenviormental regulations on its own without support from another branch of goverment.
“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day.’
“But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d),” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the Court’s opinion, referencing Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. “A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”
The issue originated from the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Power Plan, which pushed a switch from coal to natural gas and ultimately to wind and solar energy in order to cut carbon emissions at power plants. After being put on hold by the Supreme Court in 2016, the Trump administration scrapped the plan and replaced it with the more moderate Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule.
Following President Biden’s inauguration, the ACE Rule came under legal attack, which resulted in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nullifying both the rule and the Clean Power Plan. However, the Biden EPA has declared that it would not bring back the Clean Power Plan, instead choosing to create and carry out its own strategy.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement after the ruling, celebrating the Supreme Court decision, saying that the Biden administration’s regulations would no longer be “unlimited.”
“With Biden in the White House, the radical left has re-captured the levers of environmental power and are forcing their green agenda on the nation. Today, we stopped him,” said AG Paxton.
“And in pushing back against the EPA’s power grab, we protected not only the Rule of Law and the constitutional balance between the federal government and the states and between the branches of government, but we protected Americans’ pocketbooks as well. This is a great day for American energy production.”