Supreme Court\u0027s EPA decision is a step backward in fighting climate change, experts warn

7/6/2022 11:30:00 PM

The court 'took a sledgehammer to one of EPA's most important tools,' one climate advocate said.

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The Supreme Court ruled that the EPA can't regulate power plant emissions – despite the industry being one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases. 'We are allowing for a free-for-all,' swetac of WeDontHaveTime said. 'And it couldn't be a worse time'

The court 'took a sledgehammer to one of EPA's most important tools,' one climate advocate said.

are often located in these areas, polluting the air and causing health problems for people who live nearby. Along with experiencing poorer air quality, people in these areas are also more likely to bear the brunt of higher global temperatures, Chakraborty said. And an increase in fossil fuel emissions in the absence of federal regulation will only amplify those conditions.

"These districts that have been redlined, on average, experience higher temperatures by a few degrees to five or six degrees than their more affluent communities. And that is dangerous for human health," she said."...These communities will continue to suffer. We are seeing a continued legacy of environmental racism with the Supreme Court decision." 

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Biden was just in Ohio selling them growing corn for Ethanol to blend into Gas is a huge Looser but buys votes … then goes and sell how bad Gas in and Green and Clean .. My Cheerios have Round Up Weed Killer in it thanks to Ethanol , Pesticides and Fertilizers contaminate water The ruling is ridiculous but maybe regulators will end up with more power after this.

The Supreme Court is now acting against the greater good with no relevant moral compass other than one driven by special interests. Time they re-read the works of the enlightenment that primed the Constitution as we are re-entering the Dark Ages of religious fervour. usa Excellent. This is misinformation. The decision said the EPA cannot regulate outside the bounds of what Congress has empowered it to regulate. Once again, we learn that a govt agency has given itself authority that was not theirs to give.

Congress needs to do their job and pass laws instead of allowing these unaccountable government agencies to dictate policy. LOVE the decision. SCOTUS is renewing my faith in America swetac WeDontHaveTime WeDontHaveTime swetac Even though President Nixon was the person that set up the EPA. Why do these people hate the earth and why should that be a partisan issue?

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Supreme Court And Carbon Regulation: West Virginia V. EPA Requires Rethinking Climate ActivismEvery crisis creates new opportunities. West Virginia v. EPA should motivate the climate movement to secure a popular mandate for federal carbon regulations in the 2022 midterm elections. The movement should seek support for utility-scale solar and wind and revisit nuclear energy and carbon capture.

swetac WeDontHaveTime Just proving what a right wing extremist radical Supreme Court we have! And guess what if we don’t get a Democratic Senate & House it’s going to get a lot lot worse! swetac WeDontHaveTime That image of SF is from forest fires not the burning of fossil fuels swetac WeDontHaveTime Who’s court is this? It’s a joke

EPA extends comment period on watershed protections that would block Pebble MineThe Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it's extending its comment period for proposed restrictions on mining of the Pebble deposit. Mining opponents have said they want the process to wrap up as quickly as possible.

In light of EPA court ruling, new focus on states' powerThe Supreme Court decision June 30 restricting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency may mean continued pollution from power plants in states that are not switching to cleaner energy. You are completely wrong. The Supreme Court's decision did not limit the power of the federal government to regulate greenhouse gases. The ruling only stated that under current legislation adopted by Congress, EPA lacked the power under that law to take certain actions. The statement that the 'Supreme Court limited the power of the federal government to regulate . . . '. Is a false statement and will mislead people into believing that Congress's powers were somehow limited. Under our Constitution, the United States Congress adopts laws. The legislative power is vested in Congress, not the Executive branch. Perhaps you could have a civics teacher or lawyer proofread your articles.

West Virginia Vs EPA Doesn't Have To Hurt The Environment (Part 2)In Part 1, I explained an alternative approach to looking at Supreme Court cases that don't go your way. Rather than just be angry and go protest, it's always a good idea to read the

EPA Likely Underestimating Amount of Toxic Forever Chemicals in US Water: Analysis'The EPA is doing the bare minimum it can and that's putting people's health at risk,' said bennettpeer, the policy director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. bennettpeer Why is there a war on drugs but not on toxic chemicals in our drinking water?

Opinion | The Supreme Court's Anti-Climate Decision in West Virginia v. EPA Impacts All of Us'Make no mistake: climate change is a public health emergency.'

Industrial facilities are often located in these areas, polluting the air and causing health problems for people who live nearby.What is the lesson? West Virginia v.Representatives with the EPA visited Dillingham and Newhalen earlier this month to hear public testimony on the agency’s proposal to protect waters around the Pebble deposit./ AP In this July 27, 2018 photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo.

  Along with experiencing poorer air quality, people in these areas are also more likely to bear the brunt of higher global temperatures, Chakraborty said. And an increase in fossil fuel emissions in the absence of federal regulation will only amplify those conditions. The EPA could do so if the Congress amended the Clean Air Act and expressly granted it the authority. "These districts that have been redlined, on average, experience higher temperatures by a few degrees to five or six degrees than their more affluent communities. Robin Samuelsen is a board member of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation. And that is dangerous for human health," she said. The court’s decision came at a time when climate policy is floundering.". That's putting a renewed focus on efforts across the country to limit the reliance on power plants that spew planet-warming emissions into the air.

. Politicians across the world are retreating from their climate positions. “My family has subsisted in Bristol Bay for thousands of years..These communities will continue to suffer. Governments want companies to restart coal plants (including climate leaders such as Germany) and drill new oil and gas wells both at home and abroad (so much for “ keep it in the ground ” argument). We are seeing a continued legacy of environmental racism with the Supreme Court decision.” If finalized, the EPA’s determination would implement federal watershed protections for South Fork Koktuli River, North Fork Koktuli River, and Upper Talarik Creek watersheds."  For Michele Roberts, co-coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, this is an issue that hits home. Because infrastructure is very expensive and has an economic life of several decades, the world is getting locked even more deeply into the fossil fuel economy. Thankfully, state authority to curb greenhouse gas emissions has not changed,” Democratic Govs.

CBS News spoke with her as she was with her family in Wilmington, Delaware, where people of color have long felt the effects of a lack of climate resiliency.  Housing segregation and redlining has resulted in communities with majority Black and Brown populations suffering from flooding and other weather- and health-related issues. EPA a part of the broader retreat from decarbonization. “This two minutes, you will not fully get all the detailed information that each person that flew in from each village has. Without adequate steps to reduce rising temperatures, those problems will only heighten.  "For me, as a Black woman, post-Freddie Gray and 'I can't breathe" and Black Lives Matter and all of these things, I hope that this is the push that this entire country needs," she said of the Supreme Court's decision. West Virginia v."My father died a week ago knowing these things were happening. “Our subsistence lifestyle, each and every one in here is carrying on. States can cut emissions from power plants in a handful of direct and indirect ways.

My father was 87 years old and said 'It's on you now. They could use it to reaffirm popular mandate for carbon regulation, thereby countering the criticism that climate policy is elitist.' But he said, 'the good news is, if you all have the sense to work together, you can get it done.'" "Self-regulation doesn't exist"  Without federal oversight, many experts have little faith that industries will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. “And we’ve gone through this COVID, we just we are still going over (it), and subsistence was our only way, only source of food that we were able to survive by. Chakraborty said the efforts being made to do so are"too few and too far in between."  "Self-regulation doesn't exist in the fossil fuel industry," she said. Eighteen states have set 100% clean energy goals, according to the U.

". In May, the EPA used its authority under the Clean Water Act to issue a revised proposal that included analysis from multi-year environmental reviews and Pebble’s mining proposal...I think it's very clear that the primary motivation for oil and gas executives is to continue to line their pockets to continue to get the support of shareholders so that conservatives in Congress can put forward legislation that continues to allow for oil and gas drilling. But Skadowski says the EPA’s plan would only limit mining of the deposit as proposed by the Pebble Limited Partnership."  The only way to ensure emissions are reduced is to enforce strict regulations, Chakraborty said, noting that revamped policies, including clean energy tax credits and ending oil and gas subsidies, are essential in tackling the crisis. So-called renewable portfolio standards don't directly regulate emissions.

  "With this ruling coming out of the Supreme Court, we're actually going back to supporting dirty energy. … We are allowing for a free-for-all," she said. Skadowski says the EPA can only restrict digging and dumping that would impact waterways around the Pebble Mine site, but federal authorities could further restrict mining."And it couldn't be a worse time. We are in a climate emergency." Patton said the response requires"all hands on deck," particularly when it comes to the Biden administration's plans, and the president's pledge to cut  climate pollution in half by 2030. “Copper is essential to the green economy,” Shively said. states also participate in some type of carbon market that more directly regulates emissions from power plants.

"That's the commitment that we all have a stake in working toward, to save lives and to build a stronger clean energy economy for all," she said. Roberts said she hopes the setback from the court will be an"extra push" for change.  "We came together because of the failures and the inconsistencies with the climate and with the climate polices that really were not impacting everyone," she said. She says the city opposes any mining activity that puts it at risk."…After decisions like the one have been made, now it's time for us to organize, educate, mobilize and take action. And that's what we're ready to do. On the East Coast, 11 states have partnered to created the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a similar market-based program designed to lower emissions.

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