Supreme Court ruling a victory for Kentucky coal – Reuters

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By: STEVE BITTENBENDER, Central Square

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency not having the power to compel coal-fired power plants to cut output or subsidize gas, wind or solar panels is a “victory” for Kentucky, according to State Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Cameron, a Republican, posted a statement on Twitter Thursday afternoon welcoming the court’s 6-3 decision in EPA v. WestVirginia. His office submitted an amicus brief last December in the case, arguing that the Clean Air Act does not give the EPA “authority to regulate the coal industry.”

The decision “prevents the EPA from causing irreparable damage to our coal industry and from implementing a plan that could have increased electricity costs in the Commonwealth by up to 27%,” Cameron said on Twitter.

The attorney general wasn’t the only one celebrating the decision. U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, who has represented eastern Kentucky in Congress for more than 40 years, said he warned the agency was going beyond his authority for years and that its policies had led to thousands of coal miners in his district and other parts of the state losing their jobs.

“The court’s ruling now requires the EPA to have ‘clear congressional authorization’ before taking action on carbon emissions, ending the unregulated stranglehold that unelected bureaucrats wield over our country’s energy sector. country for years,” Rogers said in a statement. “The Supreme Court’s decision is a late victory for Kentucky and the American people that could provide relief from energy costs when we need it most.”

While conservatives welcomed the decision, environmentalists expressed concerns. The Natural Resources Defense Council said the “aggressive decision” still allows the EPA to do its job. Yet the court gave the agency fewer options to control carbon emissions at power plants.

“As the national guardian of the environment, the EPA must use all the tools in the kit to protect the millions of people in this country and around the world who are suffering from heat waves, floods, fires and aggravated storms. by climate pollution,” the NRDC chairman said. Manish Bapna said in a statement. “The agency should immediately engage with stakeholders and propose new rules, by the end of the year, to achieve the greatest possible reductions in carbon pollution from power plants.”

Thursday’s ruling is the latest in a series of high-profile rulings the court issued last week, including rulings that struck down limits on concealed carry gun rights in New York and ruled that states have the power to determine whether abortion should be legal.

“The Supreme Court has taken monumental steps in recent days to bring this nation back into line with our Constitution,” Rogers said.

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