Supreme Court rules for states against EPA, Biden climate change agenda

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday for states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority over regulation under the Clean Air Act.

The 6-3 ruling is a setback for the Biden administration, which has launched a climate change agenda.

The court assessed the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan, which under the Obama administration in 2015 provided guidance to states on regulating emissions from power plants.

The decision will affect the federal government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could put a dent in the Biden administration’s climate change policy.

But it has also raised questions about how much discretion executive agencies, such as the EPA, should enjoy in interpreting and implementing confusing and even contradictory Congressional guidelines written into law.

The case is West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency.

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