The Obama administration added to a series of environmental court wins, as the Environmental Protection Agency retained the right to curb greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and chemical factories.
Confused by the Supreme Court’s ruling on carbon emissions? It’s understandable. Monday’s decision interpreted highly technical regulatory provisions and produced a splintered vote. Scholars, advocates, and pundits emphasized contrasting themes.
Bloomberg BNA – The U.S. Supreme Court won't address the Environmental Protection Agency's fundamental authority to regulate greenhouse gases during oral arguments Feb. 24, but lawsuits challenging the permitting requirements could provide an opportunity for the court to clarify the agency's authority.
A panel advising the Obama administration on carbon dioxide regulations is deadlocked over what pollution-cutting technology power plants, factories and refineries should be required to use starting in 2011.
President Barack Obama, whose inaugural address made climate change a second-term priority, could bypass Congress and implement much of his environmental agenda unilaterally through regulations and executive action.
Environmental groups are stepping up pressure on President Barack Obama to issue the first greenhouse-gas limits for power plants as the utility industry seeks to weaken the standards before a deadline next month.