The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to temporarily block President Obama’s attempt to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The ruling is rather unique because the Supreme Court effectively “granted a request to halt a regulation before review by a federal appeals court.” Via the New York Times,
“The challenged regulation, which was issued last summer by the Environmental Protection Agency, requires states to make major cuts to greenhouse gas pollution created by electric power plants, the nation’s largest source of such emissions. The plan could transform the nation’s electricity system, cutting emissions from existing power plants by a third by 2030, from a 2005 baseline, by closing hundreds of heavily polluting coal-fired plants and increasing production of wind and solar power.”
As one can imagine, Jay Inslee is not happy about the ruling. Our green governor released a statement claiming that the ruling “inexplicably breaks with past rulings.” Of course, to any rational person, the ruling really isn’t all that inexplicable.
You see, Mr. Inslee, we run on a system of check-and-balances in the United States. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is an example of Obama grossly overreaching his powers. So, the Supreme Court moved to hold him accountable.