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Biden’s authority to reduce greenhouse gases was limited by the Supreme Court

There has been some decrease in the authority of the US Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to reduce greenhouse gases.

US President Joe Biden’s climate change plans have taken a major hit following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling.

He called the ruling a “devastating decision,” but said it would not undermine his efforts to combat global warming.

West Virginia sued the EPA on behalf of 18 mostly Republican states and some of the largest coal companies.

They questioned the organization’s ability to enforce regulations pertaining to the power generation sector at the state level or at individual power plants.

The 19 states were concerned that the power sector would be regulated and they would be forced to stop using coal at a steep economic cost.

The Supreme Court upheld the suit by conservative states and fossil fuel companies 3-6, commenting that Congress “did not intend to delegate decisions on economic and political issues like this.”.

Eric Schmidt, attorney general of Missouri, hailed the move as a “huge victory, reversing the anti-employment regulations of the EPA.”

Although the Supreme Court hasn’t entirely blocked the EPA from implementing future regulations, it says Congress must make clear that it’s ceding that authority. The EPA’s proposed plan to curb carbon dioxide has been rejected by Congress previously.

Since the 19 states have historically made little progress in reducing emissions — which are essential to reducing global warming — environmental groups are deeply concerned about the implications of the ruling.

These states accounted for 44 percent of US emissions in 2018, and have reduced their emissions by an average of just 7 percent since 2000.

As Vicky Patton, general counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), put it: “Today’s Supreme Court decision undermines the EPA’s authority to protect the public from pollution at the same time we need to act now.”

Because of this, Mr. Biden must now hope for a change in state policy or a change in Congress—otherwise, America is unlikely to meet its climate goals.

The president, who came to power on a promise to fight climate change and protect the environment, has suffered a major defeat.

In his first day as president, Mr. Biden signed the Paris Agreement, which is the first legal agreement to achieve climate goals in the world.

Additionally, he pledged to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 52% by 2030. The benchmark for this assessment is 2005.

While this decision could harm our nation’s ability to maintain clean air and combat climate change, the president said he would stop at nothing to protect public health.

The outcome of this case will be of interest to governments around the world, as it will affect global efforts to combat climate change. The United States emits approximately 14% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.

UN spokesman called the vote a “setback in the fight against climate change,” but said no single country could undermine global efforts.

 

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