06.30.2022

EPA Loses Big (on life-sustaining CO2 and economy-sustaining Energy) in Today’s SCOTUS Ruling

“The issue here is whether restructuring the Nation’s overall mix of electricity generation, to transition from 38% to 27% coal by 2030 [is the ‘law of the land’]. Precedent teaches that there are ‘extraordinary cases’ in which the ‘history and the breadth of the authority that [the agency] has asserted,’ and the ‘economic and political significance’ of that assertion, provide a ‘reason to hesitate before concluding that Congress’ meant to confer such authority. …  Under this body of law, known as the major questions doctrine, given both separation of powers principles and a practical understanding of legislative intent, the agency must point to ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the authority it claims.”

Originally published here at SCOTUS on 30 June 2022.

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