Power companies back EPA climate authority at Supreme Court

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January 24, 2022 - 10:51am

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The Supreme Court is set to hear a pivotal case regarding the federal government's authority to reduce carbon emissions on February 28th, 2022. The case was launched by coal companies and Republican-led states that asked the justices to limit EPA’s options to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act. Red states and coal companies have argued that the "best system of emission reduction" for existing sources should be read much more narrowly than the approach the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld last year when it struck down a Trump-era rule that had gutted the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. 

Public and private power companies yesterday called for the Supreme Court to uphold EPA’s authority to broadly regulate how they produce electricity for the nation. Consolidated Edison Inc., Exelon Corp., National Grid USA and other firms expressed their support for EPA to require the sector to cut emissions using a range of approaches that look beyond technical controls at individual facilities."Power companies, including the Power Company Respondents, favor emission-reduction approaches that allow for trading because these market-driven approaches enable the greatest emission reduction at the lowest cost," the companies wrote in a brief docketed yesterday in the case West Virginia v. EPA.

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Niina H. Farah and Lesley Clark, "Power companies back EPA climate authority at Supreme Court", contributed by Morgan Sarao, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 24 January 2022, accessed 19 April 2024. https://energyrights.info/content/power-companies-back-epa-climate-authority-supreme-court