Supreme Court Dials Back Biden Administration’s Power

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( – The Supreme Court has dialed back some of the Biden administration’s powers to execute new environmental regulations in what the court described as an “overreach” of executive power, The Western Journal reported. In late May, the Supreme Court took measures to restrict the Biden agenda’s regulatory authority, which mainstream media entities called “a major win” for the oil and gas industries, Politico wrote. The Supreme Court’s decision limited the EPA’s regulatory authority over certain wetlands, Axios reported. In the process, mainstream media stated that 2023 had so far been a “rough” year for climate change political agendas.

The mainstream media has called recent motions for new EPA regulations enforced by the Biden administration a “huge step” for the United States to meet the liberal climate policy agenda, The Washington Post reported. The regulation had ordered power plants to cut carbon emissions by “90 percent” or they would be forced to “shut down,” Politico reported in May. The regulations would impose a reduction of emissions between 2035 and 2040.

The Biden administration has taken great lengths to ensure its climate agenda is successful. In May, the Biden administration announced $11 billion in investments in renewable energy for rural communities, the Associated Press reported.

Climate politics have been a point of struggle between Democrats and Republicans. In May, climate envoy and former Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his opinion that Biden’s climate policies were “wins” and that the policy would hold up even if a Republican president were to be elected, CNN reported. In Kerry’s view, the markets would “reject” any challenge to the nation’s clean energy trajectory.

The Supreme Court has limited the Biden administration’s regulatory authority before. In June 2022, the Audubon Society wrote that a Supreme Court ruling had “dealt a blow” to the Biden administration’s EPA regulations, scaling back the administration’s climate agenda. The Supreme Court had at that time limited the EPA’s ability to enforce regulations, and had ordered that the EPA could not put state-level caps on carbon emissions, Harvard University’s editorial explained.

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