- Barack Obama sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
- The court granted the request of 27 states and several business groups.
- the new regulations Plan Clean Energy White House will not take effect in the country while the case continued on its legality.
the US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked federal regulations implemented by President Barack Obama for reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from power stations , which is a blow to the president as they were a key part of its strategy part to combat climate change.
with a vote 5-4, the court granted a request by 27 states and several companies and business groups for block clean energy plan Administration.
the decision means that the regulations will not take effect while continuing the dispute over its legality , which the White House lamented in a statement.
“ we do not agree with the decision of the Supreme to suspend the Plan Clean Energy while continuing the litigation,” said spokesman for the White House, Josh Earnest.
the so-called “Clean Energy Plan” driven by Obama intended to reduce 2030 US 32% carbon emissions from power plants, compared to 2005 levels.
the 27 states, led by the great coal producer , West Virginia, and oil producer, Texas, and several major business groups industry launched several lawsuits last October to stop the president’s initiative.
more than a dozen other states and National League of cities , which represents more than 19,000 cities United States, filed court documents supporting the Government and the Agency for Environmental Protection (EPA).
However, this Supreme court decision is not final on the regulations, since the case is pending verdict of a court of appeals. Still, it is likely that after the verdict the case is raised again to the Supreme and the decision is a symptom of skepticism of the judges over regulation. The appeals court has yet to hear oral arguments on June 2 and decide whether the regulations are lawful.
In his statement, the spokesman for the White House argued that Obama’s plan “ in a very strong legal and technical basis “ and gives states” time and flexibility they need to develop plans as possible and less expensive to reduce their emissions. ” “We are confident that we will prevail on the merits” of the plan, said Earnest.
As the case progresses, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “will work with the states to choose s eguir ahead with development plans and prepare the tools they need. ” “At the same time, this Administration will continue taking aggressive steps to make progress in reducing carbon emissions,” said Earnest.