The Supreme Court limited the power of the EPA — so what happens now?


Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal-fired power plant at Duke Energy’s Crystal River Energy Complex in Crystal River, Florida, U.S., March 26, 2021.

Dane Rhys | Reuters

On Thursday, the Supreme Court changed the rules of the game in the race to limit global warming by constricting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to mandate carbon emissions.

Specifically, the court ruled in West Virginia v. EPA that it was an overreach for the EPA to dictate that power generation be shifted from one source, say, from coal to wind or solar, declaring such a mandate should only come from Congress.

“There is little reason to think Congress assigned such decisions to the Agency,” Chief…


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