US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama
The Clean Power Plan from Obama to green the energy production in the United States, does not need to be performed. That is the ruling of the US Supreme Court.
By 2030, Obama wants the US power plants, to decrease with 32 percent greenhouse gas emissions.
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The now frozen Act is part of the promise of Obama during the Climate Summit in Paris last December, to reduce total US emissions by 2020 by 17 percent and 83 percent by 2050, comparing with 2005.
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Five Supreme Court judges voted to postpone the law and four voted against.
A group of 29 countries and organizations in the fossil industry has filed a lawsuit against Obama’s climate law. As long as the lawsuit is pending, the plans need not be performed. The final decision is not expected before 2017. That is after the resignation of Obama.
… “This is not the end of the story,” Gregory Wetstone, chief executive officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy, said. “Public and private sector momentum behind the shift to lower carbon power generation will continue.”
Meanwhile, campaign groups said a historic transition away from coal-fired power plants was already occurring – with or without the EPA rules.
Joanne Spalding, the Sierra Club’s chief climate counsel: “The shift in the electricity from coal and natural gas towards clean power is ongoing, and it doesn’t depend on the clean power plan. It is actually following the trends in the electricity sector. It is not setting them. There is no reason for that to slow down even though the rule is stayed.”
Republican and US House speaker Paul Ryan, called the ruling “a victory for the American people and our economy”.
“This rule should be struck down permanently before coal country is destroyed completely, and American consumers are consigned to higher energy prices.”
Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted” and completely unexpected.
“This was an especially stunning move by the supreme court given just weeks ago the DC circuit court of appeals categorically rejected a halt of the clean power plan.”
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