The United States Supreme Court will take up two issues important to the Biden Administration, one concerning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the other a rule that screens some immigrants thought likely to become government-dependent.
According to details of the cases provided in an opinion editorial in the Conservative Brief, these key issues are a major part of what the Biden Administration campaigned on and will likely matter to firmly Democratic voters.
“The court’s decisions come as migrants continue to illegally cross the U.S. southern border and the Biden administration develops a strategy for dealing with climate change. The decisions also come as the court prepares to hear high-profile cases in the coming days dealing with a Texas law strictly regulating abortions and a New York law that strictly regulates gun use,” the Epoch Times reported.
“The Supreme Court agreed to hear Arizona v. San Francisco, which concerns the so-called public charge rule. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, was pleased that the high court will hear the case,” the Epoch Times added.
The second case is West Virginia v. EPA which would be consolidated with several other appeals involving energy and environmental practices:
“Energy-producing states and coal companies are accusing the EPA of a power grab, claiming that it has exceeded its authority to limit carbon emissions, which environmentalists allege contribute to climate change. A ruling in 2020 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit gave back to the EPA some of the authority the Trump administration had taken away from it,” the Epoch Times reported.
The nation’s high court, now a majority conservative judicial body, “took the extraordinary step of staying EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ rule even before the lower court finished its review, strongly signaling that EPA (and by extension the court below) were wrong,” according to CB’s report, and this was a 2019 ruling to repeal the rule.
During that appeal the court “insisted that EPA had more statutory power than the agency had originally claimed,” and gave it “new and wildly expansive authority.”
The agency now “can set standards on a regional or even national level, forcing dramatic changes in how and where electricity is produced, as well as transforming any other sector of the economy where stationary sources emit greenhouse gases. Power to regulate factories, hospitals, hotels, and even homes would have tremendous costs and consequences for all Americans.”