President-elect, favorable to Trump’s coal, Biden will have a more free hand to put in place stricter climate rules.
The Federal Court of Appeal canceled Trump’s administration plan to ease restrictions on the power plant greenhouse emissions. An American Court of Appeal stated that the plan approved by the EPA in 2019 was A “wrong reading of the Clean Air Act,” and that the EPA “essentially misconceived the law.”
With the rules of the EPA in force invalidated, it will allow President-elect Joe Biden, ready to take office at noon and today, to create stricter laws concerning the pollution of power plants.
the complaint was filed in August 2019 by 22 state general prosecutors and the eighth local government. “This” dirty power “rule has been used to support dirty and expensive coal plants, reduce clean and sustainable electricity generation, and left the New Yorkers and all the other Americans to pay the bill,” the attorney general of New York Letitia James in a state.
current EPA spokesperson Molly Block’s disappointment expressed by the decision, saying that it “may inject more uncertainty at a time when the country needs regulatory stability”.
this decision confirms what we have said all along-the “affordable clean energy” rule did nothing to promote clean energy and was not affordable for US consumers.
the court’s decision effectively puts an end to EPA efforts to weaken US climate change policies, after Trump’s government pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. America formally left the agreement in November 2020, and since Joe Biden promised to join him the day it was inaugurated, the United States will only have been a non-party to the agreement for about two and a half months.
The lawyers of the Trump administration’s human rights protection agency argued that the federal government does not have the authority to establish national emission limitations or to force states to do so. However, the judges stated that the EPA “may not shirk its responsibility by imagining new limitations that the clear language of the statute does not clearly require”.
The new rules never came into effect, as the Supreme Court said in 2016 that states did not need to comply until all claims were settled. Since it has not restored a 2015 Obama administration rule that forced public services to move towards renewable energy sources.
However, Biden’s administration will now be able to enact similar rules without waiting for a legal battle over Trump regulations. During his presidential campaign, Biden promised to reduce energy sector emissions by 32 percent (compared to 2005 levels) by 2030. “The real gain here is that Trump’s administration failed to tie the hands of the Biden team,” said Jody Freeman to New York Harvard Times environmental law professor.
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