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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Obama Carbon Regs

Brian Hansen | Platts

Oct 15, 2013

In a victory for parts of the American energy industry, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will take up a host of lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's efforts to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, oil refineries and other parts of the economy.

The high court said it would collectively consider seven separate petitions that were filed by electricity generators, oil-industry groups and other stakeholders which challenged various climate-change regulations that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued in the last several years.

The regulations at issue all stem from a landmark Supreme Court case from 2007 called Massachusetts v. EPA, in which a divided high court ruled by a narrow 5-4 margin that carbon dioxide is an "air pollutant" under the federal Clean Air Act. Armed with that decision, EPA proceeded to promulgate the first-ever GHG regulations for motor vehicles, with plans to expand that regulatory regime to power plants, oil refineries and other large industrial facilities.

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