Supreme Court Blocks the Obama Administration

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On June 2, 2014, the EPA, in an attempt to help the Obama Climate Action Plan, came out with the Clean Power Plan Proposal which sought to cut emissions from the coal mining power plants. Two months later, in August 2014, 12 states filed a case against the EPA claiming that the costs of reducing emissions as much as the EPA was requesting would cost jobs and possibly force closures.

This past Monday the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA hadn’t adequately studied the cost of the proposed plan and ruled against the EPA essentially telling them to rewrite the plan with proper assessments and analysis with regards to costs.

The Supreme Court chided the EPA, telling them that they cannot simply write out plans and proposals without first considering the costs in time, money and jobs, calling the EPA “out-of-control”.

Needless to say, the EPA was no happy about the decision, claiming that most of the power plants were already well on their way to being compliant.