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The Guardian: US clean power plan setback ‘will not affect Paris climate change deal’

Friday, February 12th, 2016

The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama’s climate plans by the country’s supreme court, the White House has said.

Politicians, businesses and green campaigners from other countries rallied to the support of the president after the US supreme court put a temporary freeze on new rules to clean up coal-fired power plants, the centrepiece of Obama’s climate plan. They insisted that the Paris commitments on tackling emissions would be enforced.

Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate change commissioner, said: “We have confidence in all countries to deliver on what they promised. The EU will continue to lead by example and enshrine its targets into law. I will meet the US climate envoy Todd Stern next week in Brussels and hope to better understand the potential implications of the court decision.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to E.P.A. Rules on Gas Emissions

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case challenging Environmental Protection Agency regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources like power plants. The justices declined to hear a variety of related attacks on the agency’s authority to address climate change.

The case is a sequel to Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, a 2007 decision that required the agency to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles if it found they endangered public health or welfare. Two years later, the agency made such a finding, saying that “elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere” pose a danger to “current and future generations.” It set limits on emissions both from new vehicles and from stationary sources like power plants.

States and industry groups challenged the regulations on several grounds. They said the agency’s conclusions about the dangers posed by greenhouse gases were not supported by adequate evidence, that the so-called tailpipe regulations were flawed and that the agency was not authorized to regulate emissions from stationary sources.

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Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat in the Supreme Court AEP Decision

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against the rights of six States, New York City and three private land trusts to sue under federal common law to prevent global warming. The Justices stated that the Clean Air Act ‘speaks directly’ to emissions of carbon dioxide from coal plants.

Some are trying to spin this decision as a defeat for environmentalists, but the reality is that the court’s opinion reaffirms the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority use the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The decision should speed up EPA’s implementation of greenhouse gas standards by making legal challenges to the effort more difficult.

Read more about this recent decision in American Electric Power, et al. v. Connecticut et al. in ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner’s recent Huffington Post blog entry.

Also read about the case in Forbes Online or Grist.org.