Alarmist dismay as US Supreme Court rules against EPA on climate regulation powers

Posted: July 1, 2022 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, Emissions, Energy, government, Legal, News
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Democracy overseeing the flow of EPA climate edicts? A ‘huge blow’, say alarmists, as over-the-top reactions from some of the usual suspects pour in.
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This means Congress will now have to pass off on any climate regulations, says Energy Live News.

In what’s been considered a blow to climate mitigation in the US, the Supreme Court has ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This means the EPA will now be limited in how it can regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help stave off global warming in the country.

The Federal Government will now lose some of its power when it comes to tackling the climate crisis, following a 6-3 decision – backed by US states including Kentucky and Texas.

West Virginia is a state with major coal power and has argued that given the EPA members are unelected, they should not be allowed to determine how the state runs its energy and economy.

The Supreme Court has sided with its argument, with Chief Justice of the US, John Roberts, writing: “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). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”

There are fears that this decision could now dismantle the Federal Government – as states take power.

Full article here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Their paranoia is showing…

    ‘The world is getting tired of this’: Supreme Court deals blow to US climate credibility
    Published on 01/07/2022

    On Thursday, under pressure from climate-deniers and the fossil fuel industry, the US Supreme Court limited the government’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
    . . .
    The ruling kills off the Clean Power Plan, a policy proposed by former President Barack Obama to assign each US state a goal to reduce carbon emissions and make them submit a plan for how to it.

    The plan was scrapped before it got started by President Donald Trump but a group of climate-denier funded Republican attorney generals, working with fossil fuel companies, challenged it anyway in the hope of preventing similar policies in future.
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    The Supreme Court should sue CH News for slander 🤨
    It never occurs to the alarmists that their pet climate theory doesn’t seem to work.

    New Study Affirms Temperatures Determine Greenhouse Gas Forcing Trends, Not The Other Way Around
    By Kenneth Richard on 30. June 2022

  2. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Like NetZero in the UK, if they want it they have to vote for it, but they can’t do that because no one but the zealots and predator class want it. Instead they used legislative fiat and got rumbled.

  3. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Net zero is a very stupid idea. Anyone who believes in it should stop exhaling CO2, right now.

  4. oldbrew says:

    ‘a blow to climate mitigation’ – says who?

    ‘There are fears’ – whose?

    ‘Congress will now have to provide clear consent to the EPA for the agency to act on anything.’ – aka democracy.

    ‘UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said: “This is a setback in our fight against climate change”‘ – ‘our’ fight?

    “we need to accelerate the phase out of coal and the transition to renewable energies.” – cloud cuckoo land.

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    The Supreme Court really is on a roll, returning powers to their proper place in a democracy – legislatures.

  6. Dan says:

    I could not get through that entire article. I thought my head was going to explode. Raving lunatics.

  7. […] Alarmist dismay as US Supreme Court rules against EPA on climate regulation powers […]

  8. oldbrew says:

    Extracts from the verdict can be found in this link..

    Supreme Court curbs EPA authority to regulate CO2 from power plants
    01 July 2022

    The Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) has ruled in West Virginia v. EPA that the EPA lacks the authority to set emission standards for power plants so strict as to force a shift of power generation from fossil fuels.

    The opinion (6-3) applied the “major questions doctrine”, which requires Congress to specify clearly and directly regulatory authority involving issues of vast economic and political significance, rather than allowing agencies themselves to interpret more ambiguous statutes to define their own authority.

  9. Russell Cook (@QuestionAGW) says:

    In a technical sense, the EPA never had their own authority to regulate CO2. Lest anyone forget, Steve McIntyre was exposing the fatal fault in the U.S. EPA’s efforts to make pronouncements about CAGW, via his detailed criticisms about how the core IPCC people refused to share their temperature/weather-gathering data. In his June 2009 blog post, McIntyre said (3rd paragraph ):

    “EPA guidelines require that highly influential scientific assessments meet a variety of sensible standards for transparency, data availability and due diligence – policies that CA [ClimateAudit] readers know not to have been implemented by the IPCC.”

    Quite likely that if there was anybody in EPA at that time to call out this massive problem, they might have feared losing their job or feared being reassigned to work in some forgotten corner of the agency.

  10. oldbrew says:

    CO2 has nothing to do with ‘clean air’, hence these problems…

    EPA Now Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place On CO2
    Posted on July 6, 2022

    EPA is still required to regulate CO2 under the terms of the Clean Air Act, but that Act provides no way to do that regulation. The Clean Power Plan attempted to expand an obscure minor clause in the Act to do the job but SCOTUS correctly ruled that the clause does not confer that kind of massive authority.

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