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The Supreme Court strikes down part of the EPA’s climate change agenda

June 29, 2015

EPA We all remember after the Congress failed to pass cap and trade legislation that Barack Obama quipped, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” Of course well all knew what that meant: he intended to use the EPA to implement through regulation what he could not get through the Congress.

  We also remember when Barack Obama was running for President and he promised anyone who was listening that under his plan energy costs would “necessarily skyrocket.” Well today those skyrocketing prices came under attack when the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin that the EPA had to consider costs before implementing new climate change regulations. As part of this ruling the Supreme Court threw out new EPA regulations regarding mercury and other pollutants which has forced the closure of many coal-fired plants across the nation.

  Here is more:

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Environmental Protection Agency pollution rules for power plants Monday, in a blow to President Obama’s environmental agenda.

The majority decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, said the EPA has to consider the costs of complying with the rules and sent the air pollution regulations back to the agency.

The EPA rules in question regulate hazardous air pollutants and mercury from coal- and oil-fired power plants, known as the MATS regulations. The regulations went into effect April 16. The utility industry had argued that the rules cost them billions of dollars to comply and that EPA ignored the cost issue in putting the regulations into effect.

“EPA must consider cost — including cost of compliance — before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary. It will be up to the agency to decide (as always, within the limits of reasonable interpretation) how to account for cost,” Scalia wrote in agreeing with the industry.

  With the EPA in the process of writing even more regulations regarding climate change in an effort to push Barack Obama’s climate change agenda this ruling could have a major impact on the agency moving forward.

The decision will have repercussions for other EPA regulations that are key to Obama’s climate change agenda. The EPA will now have to examine the cost of compliance for the Clean Power Plan, which is at the heart of the president’s environmental agenda.

  The EPA had argued that the costs do not matter because these regulations were necessary, however due to this ruling the EPA will now have to figure in the cost the regulations will have on the industry. Of course if the agency takes it cue from the other agencies pushing the climate change agenda, namely NASA and NOAA, they will probably fudge the numbers until they get the numbers they want…

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2015 8:12 pm

    We will take what we can get though I doubt it will slow them down very much.

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    • June 29, 2015 8:15 pm

      Probably not…

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    • lou222 permalink
      June 29, 2015 9:59 pm

      No, it will just “look” like it is, they will be operating under the radar on this one.

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      • Zip-a-Dee permalink
        June 30, 2015 1:11 am

        It’s like they’re playing a board game, ‘going thru the motions’, but they all know what the end game will be. Instead of operating ‘under the table’ it’s under the radar or Satellite … global and beyond!

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      • June 30, 2015 5:38 am

        Exactly Lou and Zip, this might slow them down a little bit but I am sure it sill not stop them.

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  2. June 29, 2015 8:14 pm

    I’m going to accept the decision without rancor, because I acknowledge they have the authority to make it. As a nation we do have to balance risks against benefits, the benefit being cheap power. But it’s still true that coal-based power plants are the greatest source of environmental mercury, fully half of what’s in our environment, and that even an infinitesimal amount in your body is toxic. People refuse to get vaccines because some of them contain thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, yet this much greater source of the same pollution gets a pass. Ah well, can’t fix everything at once.

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    • June 29, 2015 8:16 pm

      I have to admit that I am not sure how the court decided it had the authority to tell the EPA it had to consider cost though.

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      • June 29, 2015 8:18 pm

        That confused me too, but I’m not a lawyer, just opinionated 😀

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      • June 29, 2015 8:19 pm

        Same here!

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      • June 30, 2015 11:54 am

        I kinda think they got it right on this one. His Administration have repeatedly stated that they want higher energy prices. They want to use the pressure of higher energy costs as an excuse to force their green energy boondoggle on Americans. “Its proposal wold cost $9.6 billion each year to comply with, but provide only $4-6 million in direct benefits relating to mercury and the other pollutants in question. Scalia did the math: “The costs to power plants,” and therefore to ratepayers, “were thus between 1,600 and 2,400 times as great as the quantifiable benefits from reduced emissions of hazardous air pollutants.” So, I kinda get it….

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      • June 30, 2015 7:17 pm

        Clearly this is an attempt to run a politically incorrect industry into the ground so it is good to see the SCOTUS come to their aid.

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    • the unit permalink
      June 29, 2015 9:59 pm

      Folks eating more sardines than swordfish so risk lower for mercury toxicity. So don’t overburden the energy sector. 🙂

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      • Zip-a-Dee permalink
        June 30, 2015 1:16 am

        Mercury is mentioned on signs by some of the sea food. Yet to see ‘fall out’ from the nuke plant signs. But that labeling is being lobbied to not have to mark. Now w/ the TPA/TPP they may not have to state where the fish/seafood is from. Or, just lie.

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      • June 30, 2015 5:39 am

        My money is on them lying…

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  3. June 29, 2015 8:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • June 30, 2015 5:39 am

      Thank you again!

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      • June 30, 2015 5:40 am

        You’re welcome.

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  4. lou222 permalink
    June 30, 2015 8:50 am

    OT, I was wondering when I would read an article about the corruption and blackmail going on….here it is!
    http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2015/06/30/are-key-republican-leaders-in-dc-being-blackmailed-n2018837/page/full

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    • June 30, 2015 7:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing that Lou, I would not put it passed this regime at all! It is almost the only thing that makes sense.

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  5. lou222 permalink
    June 30, 2015 8:53 am

    After reading this article, do you think it might be blackmail OR are the people we put into office corrupt and being bought? In my book it could be either, that doesn’t say much for Government we have created, does it?

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    • June 30, 2015 7:19 pm

      I am with you Lou, it could be either one and either way we are screwed!

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  6. petermc3 permalink
    June 30, 2015 11:35 am

    It’s only a matter of time before Hillary or Jeb has the opportunity to restack SCOTUS and put the inevitable to rest. We will have Hillary/Jeb Power with subsidies for those passing the smell test ala Obamacare. Central planning will be here before we know it.

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    • June 30, 2015 7:20 pm

      If either of these two get in office the fundamental transformation will be completed…

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  7. Zip-a-Dee permalink
    June 30, 2015 4:28 pm

    Goes with this ‘no surprise’ “NSA can resume bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, says court” http://www.zdnet.com/article/nsa-to-begin-bulk-collection-metadata/
    When criminals are in charge, it’s just gets worse.

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    • June 30, 2015 7:21 pm

      Well that did not take long, thanks for sharing!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. lou222 permalink
    June 30, 2015 8:34 pm

    You are right, we knew this, it was nice to see it all in one place. You know when you have a bad DAY, it is hard to deal with other bad STUFF? This is my day. I am fed up “in general” and this is just the cherry on top of the day. This woman will be the next nominee if not the next President, you watch. At some point we have to start feeling insignificant as voters or even as Americans…maybe the actual word I want is worthless, pretty much the same, but I think it makes a better point.

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    • July 1, 2015 6:02 am

      I think you somehow posted this in the wrong thread but yes, sometimes we just have to step back if we want to keep our sanity!

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      • lou222 permalink
        July 1, 2015 12:10 pm

        I didn’t think so, but I have slept since then, so who knows. Fit it in somehow, Steve….if it is about this Administration, then surely I am RIGHT, no matter what I said????

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      • July 1, 2015 6:55 pm

        I thought it was supposed to be in reply to the video I posted about Hillary but yes it does all blend together at this point, doesn’t it?!

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      • lou222 permalink
        July 1, 2015 7:01 pm

        Same crap, different day, is what it appears to be!

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