SCOTUS Halts Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Analysis on the Decision to Block the President’s Signature Climate Plan


The U.S. Supreme Court took the unusual step of blocking the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan even before the rule has been argued before an appellate court, casting doubt on the viability of the carbon dioxide standards for power plants. Now states are putting the brakes on developing compliance strategies for the rule, but the move isn’t shaking confidence in the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate deal—at least not yet. The decision could inspire litigants to press other cases before the nation's highest court more quickly, and it is reviving debate over whether the EPA instead could use an obscure section of the Clean Air Act to curb greenhouse gas emissions.


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