February 15, 2016
Supreme Court Halts Clean Power Plan Over Concerns Of EPA Overreach
Passing of Justice Antonin Scalia Now Puts Legal Fate of CPP in Hands of DC Circuit Court
The Supreme Court’s unprecedented move to halt the Clean Power Plan is a major setback to a rule that forms the centerpiece of President Obama’s broader plan to address climate change and reflects the Court’s concerns over EPA overreach. State utility regulators now have to carefully decide whether to suspend or pursue compliance planning efforts given uncertainties over the outcome of the judicial review. Climate change, which has traditionally drawn little attention from voters, is likely to become a prominent factor in the 2016 presidential election.