The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, delivering a massive blow to the Biden Administration’s efforts to fight climate change.
The 6:3 decision was a victory for a group of Republican-led states and coal companies in their long bid to reduce the EPA’s power to issue regulations that curb carbon emissions.
After the court’s decision Liberal lawmakers and media personalities had a full-blown meltdown on social media.
Dem Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called it ‘catastrophic’
“Catastrophic. A filibuster carveout is not enough. We need to reform or do away with the whole thing, for the sake of the planet,” the New York congresswoman tweeted.
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sounded the alarm in a typical manic outrage fashion, “Our planet is on fire, and this extremist Supreme Court has destroyed the federal government’s ability to fight back. This radical Supreme Court is increasingly facing a legitimacy crisis, and we can’t let them have the last word.”
Former President Barack Obama weighed in as well on Twitter claiming the SCOTUS decision was a major step backward. “No challenge poses a greater threat to our future than a changing climate. Every day, we’re feeling the impact of climate change, and today’s Supreme Court decision is a major step backward.”
In a follow-up tweet, Obama urged Congress to sidestep SCOTUS and pass “@POTUS’ climate and clean energy investments”.
“Climate change is no longer just about the future that we’re trying to protect for our children or our grandchildren; it’s about the reality we’re living with now. That’s why it’s more urgent now than ever before that Congress pass
@POTUS’ climate and clean energy investments”.
According to CBS, the Supreme Court case stems from the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, finalized in 2015, which implemented a directive from then-President Barack Obama to use an ancillary provision of the Clean Air Act to address climate change by imposing mandates for existing coal and natural gas power plants to reduce emissions.
More than half of the states and other parties challenged the Clean Power Plan in federal court, and the Supreme Court in 2016 halted enforcement of the proposal in a 5-4 vote. While proceedings continued, there was a change in presidential administrations, and the EPA under then-President Donald Trump repealed the Obama-era standards after determining it “significantly exceeded” its authority under federal environmental law. The agency also rolled out new guidelines for coal-fired power plants.