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Supreme Court Crimps Biden’s Climate Agenda With Limits on EPA

  • Court divides 6-3 on power plant case backed by GOP states
  • Ruling casts doubt on whether Biden will achieve climate goals
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Supreme Court Restricts EPA Climate Authority
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A deeply divided US Supreme Court dealt a major blow to President Joe Biden’s climate-change agenda, restricting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to curb power-plant emissions and saying Congress would have to act to give the agency more authority. 

The 6-3 ruling interpreting the US Clean Air Act will keep the administration from imposing the type of wide-ranging emissions-cutting plan the EPA tried to put in place when Barack Obama was president. It limits the agency’s available tools amid increasing evidence that climate change is causing rising sea levels and more extreme weather patterns. The ruling could have a broad impact and affect other regulatory agencies.