SCOTUS Restricts EPA's Authority to Regulate Emissions

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    The Facts

    • On Thurs., SCOTUS ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn't have the authority under the Clean Air Act to cap carbon emissions from power plants already in operation.

    • The Clean Air Act was established in 1970 to combat the rising rates of air pollution. It directed the EPA to create and regularly update rules to limit pollutants that "endanger human health".

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    This decision is a win against climate change extremists in the EPA who have sought to minimize the voices of America's energy producers. While Congress may have granted EPA the right to create rules on certain toxic pollutants, it didn't give it the right to adopt regulations that could have nationwide repercussions. This was the right decision.

    Left narrative

    The Supreme Court sided with the fossil fuel industry over the fight against climate change and stripped EPA of the very power that Congress conceded to it. Choosing money over saving lives is clearly indicative of a broken system that must be fixed.

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