– Lonnie Barnes
On February 9, the US Supreme Court ruled against President Obama’s new plan to cut emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants.
A plea was made by 30 states, arguing that the plan is an infringement on states’ rights, and the relatively sudden changes that the plan requires are not possible. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of these states, not allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce this plan.
The plan, which was an important part of the commitment made earlier this year at the UN climate summit, aims to reduce US carbon emissions to 32% lower than the 2005 level by 2030.
The SCOTUS decision comes as methane still leaks from a storage well in Los Angeles: