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Supreme Court deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold

Supreme Court deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold

The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while a coalition of coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with its effort to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030.

The court's order said the EPA's "carbon pollution emission guidelines" for power plants are "stayed pending" a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, which will hear the case this summer.

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