Has the Supreme Court tied the Biden administration’s hands on climate change? – NPR

by | Jul 1, 2022 | Climate Change

NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Gina McCarthy, the White House national climate advisor, about the Supreme Court’s ruling that limits the EPA’s ability to set carbon-emission limits.

The Biden White House now has a significantly narrower path to slowing climate change. In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to set carbon emission limits specifically for existing power plants. The high court’s conservatives say such efforts with vast economic and political impacts have to come from Congress. So where does the court’s ruling leave the Biden administration? Gina McCarthy is a former EPA administrator and is now the White House national climate adviser, and she joins us now. Thank you so much for being with us this morning.
GINA MCCARTHY: Thanks for having me, Rachel. Appreciate it.
MARTIN: Do you see it this way? Has the court tied your hands on climate change?
MCCARTHY: No, the court hasn’t tied our hands on climate change. But the decision they made was a narrow one, but it sent some clear signals about where this Supreme Court is heading. And after Roe v. Wade, it’s not surprising, is it? You know, basically the way I look at it is that, you know, it was a very disappointing decision, but it did not strip away the ability of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. For once, we’ve gone past the …

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