By Fraser Perkins —
On June 30, 2022, the Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote along strictly partisan lines, limited the EPA’s ability to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants. While Congress’ recently passed Inflation Reduction Act propels the United States toward reaching a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, more action will be needed. Flexibility in the regulation of existing power plants by the EPA is a great tool; full implementation by the EPA will require additional Congressional approval. Unless Democrats make significant gains in the upcoming midterm elections, passing additional climate legislation will be a tough slog.
This picture sums up my attitude toward the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v EPA. The numbers in the right-hand box refer to CO2 levels in parts per million. The Supreme Court decision fails to recognize our dire predicament.