CO2 limits are invalid
The US Supreme Court is torpedoing the fight against the climate crisis
The Supreme Court has dealt a serious blow to the fight against the climate crisis. The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no jurisdiction to set CO2 limits.
Following the revocation of the right to abortion, the US Supreme Court has now recalled what has been achieved in the fight against global warming. The Supreme Court severely limited the powers of President Joe Biden’s administration to combat climate change, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should not impose restrictions on CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. The decision is a severe blow to Biden’s climate policy. The United Nations has also sharply criticized the Supreme Court ruling.
Restrictions on coal-fired power plants were introduced in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama, who, like Biden, is a Democrat. He has given the EPA broad powers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While Republican Donald Trump wanted to weaken the EPA, Biden planned to continue the course set by Obama.
Supreme Court. CO2 limit values are reasonable, but …
Chief judges have now said that limiting CO2 emissions to remove coal-fired power from production could be a “reasonable solution” to tackling global warming. However, the EPA has not been given specific authority by lawmakers to impose industry restrictions on individual power plants alone.
The decision was made by a majority of six of the nine chief judges. The three opposing votes came from the Liberal camp, which has been a minority in the Supreme Court since Trump took office.
UN. “Regression in the fight against climate change.”
The three liberal judges contradicted the assessments of their conservative colleagues. The government at the time really gave the EPA the powers it needed. “The court today stripped Congress of its authority to address the Environmental Protection Agency in response to ‘the most pressing environmental challenge of our time,'” they criticized their conservative peers.
Unusual. The United Nations also strongly criticized the decision. “This is a setback in our fight against climate change,” said Stefan Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “Decisions like the one in the United States today or any other major emissions economy make it difficult to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.” After the current decision, it will be very difficult for the United States to achieve its climate goals.