Supreme Court halts Obama’s clean power plan

Yesterday, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan”, regulations promulgated to limit CO2emissions from the electric power sector.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and the Indiana Coal Council is pleased with that decision. “We are confident that the sound legal and policy foundations of this rule will ultimately be upheld, and that the United States will continue its progress in building a clean energy future”. On Jan. 21, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet joined with other states and stakeholders to submit comments to the EPA regarding the Federal Plan Requirements for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and implementation of the Clean Power Plan. In fact, the case involved a Utah power plant operated by Deseret Power.

West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey, who helped to lead the coalition of states against the plan, welcomed the court’s decision and said they would continue to fight against the measure.

The Clean Power Plan – created to lower carbon emissions from USA power plants by 2030 to 32 percent below 2005 levels – has been the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s strategy to combat climate change. They also say the plan would constrain the constitutional sovereignty of states to make any rules for industries operating inside their boundaries. The rules would force many states to shut down older coal-fired plants and to produce more electricity using natural gas or solar and wind power. And we know the EPA was extremely careful to put the Clean Power Plan on solid legal and scientific footing. “The Obama EPA has ensured their legacy will be wholly defined by their incessant need for increased, unprecedented regulatory authority”.

The reduction in carbon emissions was a cornerstone of the USA pledge made at the COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris last December.

A Supreme Court Setback for Obama's Key Environmental Regulation


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