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Federal Court overturns EPA climate rules favorable to Trump’s coal

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Current EPA spokesperson Molly Block has expressed disappointment with the decision, saying it “risks injecting more uncertainty at a time when the nation needs regulatory stability”.

This decision confirms what we have said from the start: the “affordable clean energy” rule did nothing to promote clean energy and was not affordable for American consumers.

Court ruling effectively ends EPA efforts to weaken US climate change policies after Trump administration brought the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The United States officially left the agreement in November 2020, and since Joe Biden pledged to join it on the day it was inaugurated, the United States has only been a non-party to the agreement for about two months. and half.

Lawyers for the Trump administration’s EPA have argued that the federal government does not have the power to set national restrictions on emissions or force states to do so. However, the judges ruled that the EPA “cannot shirk its responsibility by imagining new limitations that the simple language of the statue does not clearly require. The new rules never came into effect, as the Supreme Court said in 2016 that states don’t need to comply until all lawsuits are resolved.

The court did not follow through with its ruling because it failed to reinstate a 2015 Obama administration rule that forced utilities to switch to renewable energy sources. However, the Biden administration will now be able to enact similar rules without waiting for a legal battle over Trump regulations. During his presidential campaign, Biden promised to cut emissions from the electricity sector by 32% (from 2005 levels) by 2030. “The real victory here is that the Trump administration has failed to tie up the hands of the Biden team, ”Harvard environmental law professor Jody Freeman told the New York Times.

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