The court has not ruled on the merits of the plan by the Environmental Protection Agency, but has prevented the EPA from putting its plan into place until legal issues are resolved.
The states involved in the lawsuit contend the EPA has overstepped its Congressional authority in issuing orders that states submit plans to shift away from fossil fuels to alternative forms of energy; what many regard as a direct aim at coal-fired power plants that many in the Midwest, including Nebraska, rely upon.
President Obama’s press secretary issued a statement:
“We disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds. The Clean Power Plan is based on a strong legal and technical foundation, gives States the time and flexibility they need to develop tailored, cost-effective plans to reduce their emissions, and will deliver better air quality, improved public health, clean energy investment and jobs across the country, and major progress in our efforts to confront the risks posed by climate change. We remain confident that we will prevail on the merits. Even while the litigation proceeds, EPA has indicated it will work with states that choose to continue plan development and will prepare the tools those states will need. At the same time, the Administration will continue to take aggressive steps to make forward progress to reduce carbon emissions.”
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson praised the decision.
“In the state of Nebraska, our public power entities have been proactive in recent years in developing ways to reduce carbon emissions, including developing several alternative, renewable energy sources. The EPA’s Rule change would disregard these efforts and exceeds reasonable standards,” Peterson said in a written statement released by his office.
Gov. Pete Ricketts also applauded the ruling.
“The decision by the Supreme Court to halt the implementation of the Clean Power Plan until a legal settlement is reached is important for Nebraska industry and ratepayers to prevent rate increases. I applaud Attorney General Doug Peterson’s continued work to defend Nebraska against EPA overreach,” the governor said in a written statement released by his office.