The justices agreed to rule on whether the
The Obama administration recently proposed rules to cut greenhouse gases from new power plants and it is expected to propose limits for existing plants in June 2014. Even if the court rules in industry’s favor, the EPA is expected to continue to develop the power plant rules under different provisions of the Clean Air Act. “The power plant standards will go forward,” said Thomas Lorenzen, a former
The high court's mixed action was welcomed by both industry advocates and environmentalists.
Business groups and several Republican-led states joined in challenging the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases beyond cars and trucks.
But Vickie Patton, general counsel for the
“Today’s orders by the
The Supreme Court in 2007 cleared the way for the EPA to take on global warming when it said that carbon pollution could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
But business groups have continued to contest how far EPA can go to restrict carbon emissions.
The justices will hear the latest round of regulatory challenges during the winter and hand down a decision by June.