EXPLAINER: Why Court’s EPA-Climate Change Ruling Matters – WTTW News

by | Jul 5, 2022 | Climate Change

Video: Jeffrey Trevino, an EPA lawyer and Steward of the APGE Local 704 — that’s the union that represents local EPA Workers; Phillip Braun, a Clinical Professor of Finance at the  Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; James Taylor, President of the Heartland Institute, and Jennifer Walling, the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council join “Chicago Tonight.” (Produced by Jennifer Cotto)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s climate change ruling is likely to hinder President Joe Biden’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and to make the U.S. a global leader again in the fight to slow global warming.Thanks to our sponsors:
In its decision, the court limited the reach of the nation’s main anti-air pollution law that’s used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The 6-3 ruling declared that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate emissions from plants that contribute to global warming.
Power plants account for roughly 30% of carbon dioxide output.
The decision also could have a broader effect on other agencies’ regulatory efforts, from education to transportation and food.
Leaders in coal-state West Virginia welcomed the ruling. But Biden called it “another devastating decision that aims to take our country backwards.” He said he will continue to use his authority when pos …

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