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Supreme Court Ruling Sharply Limits EPA’s Power to Combat Climate Crisis

HeadlineJul 01, 2022

The Supreme Court has voted to sharply limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The court’s 6-3 ruling in the case of West Virginia v. EPA is seen as a major victory for the fossil fuel industry and a result of a decades-long attempt to limit the regulation of corporations. Liberal Justice Elena Kagan slammed the decision, writing for the dissent, “The Court appoints itself — instead of Congress or the expert agency — the decision maker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening.” Joining the majority opinion was Trump appointee Justice Amy Coney Barrett, whose father helped lead the American Petroleum Institute for two decades.

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