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After It Narrowed the EPA’s Authority, Talks of Expanding the Supreme Court Garner New Support

By Samantha Hurley Photo: Samantha Hurley

The late afternoon sun washed over the United States Supreme Court building as a group of protesters hauled a 15-foot tall prop, modeled after the United States Constitution, through the nearby streets. Instead of “We the People,” though, it read “We the Corporations,” above logos of companies like Shell, Chevron and Amazon. Cardboard flames licked the edges of the banner, and nearby signs read “Supreme Climate Deniers” and “SCOTUS Kills.”


Supreme Court muzzles EPA on climate

By Pamela King Photo: Francis Chung

Environmental lawyers say the Supreme Court sent a clear message in its landmark ruling in West Virginia v. EPA: If a federal agency wants to craft robust climate regulations, it better not crow about them.
If EPA — or any other federal agency, the White House or even advocacy groups — touts a regulation’s climate significance, lawyers said, that rule could fall victim to the so-called major questions doctrine, which the six-justice conservative majority applied last month in West Virginia to strike down the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (Greenwire, June 30).


The Supreme Court’s EPA ruling was the beginning of something bigger

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When the Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to combat climate change last week, Republican attorneys general and conservative legal activists cheered the ruling.


Supreme Court ruling gives leverage to businesses

By Andrew Ross Sorkin Photo: Anna Rose Layden

The Supreme Court yesterday limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate power plant emissions, dealing a significant blow to the Biden administration’s climate change agenda. The ruling is the product of a longstanding campaign by some conservatives to curtail or dismantle the power of the so-called administrative state, the system of agencies that regulate wide areas of the economy. It is already altering the balance of power between businesses and the regulators that oversee them.


Be the Backlash!

By Bill McKibben

A reasonable reaction to the week’s Supreme Court rulings, which culminated in Thursday’s gutting of the Clean Air Act, would be: we are so screwed.


Supreme Court Limits Epa In Curbing Power Plant Emissions

By Mark Sherman Photo: Rick Bowmer

In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming.


Supreme Court sharply limits regulation of carbon emissions

By Paul Blumenthal and Alexander C. Kaufman Photo: Leigh Vogel via Getty Images

The Supreme Court just made it much harder for the U.S. government to respond to climate change in a 6-3 decision in the case of West Virginia v. EPA.


US Supreme Court hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

By Oliver Milman Photo: David Hawxhurst/Alamy

Court sides with Republican states as ruling represents landmark moment in rightwing effort to dismantle ‘regulatory state’.


Supreme Court Curbs EPA’s Power To Regulate Emissions And Fight Climate Change

By Alison Durkee Photo: Getty Images

The Supreme Court has made it more challenging for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases and fight climate change, as justices ruled Thursday in favor of Republican-led states and coal companies that asked the court to limit how much the EPA can control emissions from power plants.


The most profound effect of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency may ultimately be cultural

By David Wallace-Wells

Many of the headlines about the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday have suggested an existential setback: a major blow to American decarbonization and global climate ambition. But the effect is less like a nail in the coffin and more like putting an additional set of brakes on an already stalled project. For the time being, at least, the decision functions chiefly to cement the status quo.