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Supreme Court Deals Blow to U.S. Climate Agenda with EPA Decision

California Gov. Newsom defiantly vows to double down on California’s climate change policies

By Katy Grimes, June 30, 2022 8:40 am

The Supreme Court on Thursday curtailed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards on climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants.

The court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA says that government doesn’t have the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

While many in the U.S. are celebrating the decision curtailing unelected bureaucrats from making energy policy, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a defiant press statement:

“The Supreme Court sided with the fossil fuel industry, kneecapping the federal government’s basic ability to tackle climate change. Today’s ruling makes it even more imperative that California and other states succeed in our efforts to combat the climate crisis. While the court has once again turned back the clock, California refuses to go backward – we’re just getting started. California will remain the tentpole for this movement with record investments and aggressive policies to reduce pollution, to protect people from extreme weather, and to leave our children and grandchildren a world that’s better off than we found it.”

Gov. Newsom, who is making moves for a possible Presidential bid in 2024, doubled down on California’s government-led “forward-thinking climate policies,” claiming full credit.

“Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, California is taking bold action to further advance California’s progress toward an oil-free future and bolster the state’s clean energy economy.”

Nearly every poll taken on American voters’ concerns and priorities shows climate change at the bottom of the list next to abortion. Yet Democrat politicians continue to push their agenda.

The Supreme Court decision summary explains the issue which stems from Obama administration era EPA rules:

“In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan rule, which addressed carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants. For authority, the Agency cited Section 111 of the Clean Air Act, which, although known as the New Source Performance Standards program, also authorizes regulation of certain pollutants from existing sources under Section 111(d). 42 U. S. C. §7411(d). Prior to the Clean Power Plan, EPA had used Section 111(d) only a handful of times since its enactment in 1970.”

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion:

“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,” Justice Roberts said. “But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”

It will be interesting to see how this decision impacts the CalEPA.

You can read the Supreme Court decision here.

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9 thoughts on “Supreme Court Deals Blow to U.S. Climate Agenda with EPA Decision

  1. But, but, but… this short-circuits Gov Gav’s Presidential posturing AND his “leadership” of Herr Schwab’s “Great Reset” where the economy needs to be taken off “fossil fuels” without a viable replacement (akin to jumping out of a high-flying plane without a parachute), in order to TANK the economy and set us up for their digital currency and social credit scoring systems!!!

    Good on the SCOTUS – finally starting to say “ENOUGH” to all of this Globalist fantasy and return us to a Constitutionally-based Republic….

    1. Yes, CriticalDfence9, no matter how hard HE tries to remain relevant, NEWSOM is quickly becoming yesterday’s news; along with Klaus Schwab and his WEF Nazis. Although I don’t agree with his tactics in Ukraine, Putin has thrown a wrench into Schwab’s “Great Reset” gears. Russia owns the commodity space in Europe – gold, diamonds, oil, gas, coal, lumber, farmland (including what he takes from Ukraine). The Ruble survived the sanctions and is gaining strength. Schwab’s friends at Volkswagen (the company started by the German government under Hitler) will have to find another way to fool the world; like VW did with their smog software. Since VW couldn’t compete fairly with other companies in building a cleaner ICE they switched to EVs and embraced “Climate Change”. Perhaps Volkswagen can design and build electric tanks and howitzers or better yet, VIRTUAL missiles using AI. Of course, these won’t be very effective against the REAL ones that Putin is using. As Warren Buffet says, “Only when the tide goes out, do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

  2. No kidding, Raymond and CD9, these wannabe dictators had big plans for further control of us and further money-sucking from us through ‘GREEN’ and this throws a major monkey wrench into those plans, doesn’t it?

  3. Valid concerns about the physical safety of conservative SCOTUS justices are increasing. (https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/supreme-court-marshal-appeals-virginia-maryland-governors-help-quell-protests). I fear that crazy activists will be triggered into violence by the next important case, involving election integrity. Specifically, the issue of state legislatures vs courts in regulating elections (https://www.zerohedge.com/political/scotus-hear-case-could-give-state-legislatures-not-judges-power-regulate-elections). When Hillary and her lawyer Elias object to SCOTUS hearing the case, you know the reason – It will make it more difficult for Democrats to cheat.

  4. The WEF needs to be banned from the country in all forms. All politicians being a part of the WEF agenda, need to be removed from their positions for the reason of Treason.

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