West Virginia v EPA: Government Can’t Destroy Industries Without Congress. Cue the Leftist Meltdown.

Faye Higbee
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In the decision on West Virginia v EPA, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that the EPA does not have the authority to totally destroy industries with their regulations. They must have congressional action that allows them to do it. But you’d think they dropped an atom bomb, judging from the reactions of climate change alarmists. The meltdown was extreme, much like their green ideas.

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Justice Elena Kagan dissented, claiming that parts of the Eastern Seaboard would disappear underwater over the ruling. Pocohantas Warren also had a fit, as did leftist media. Climate activists went around slashing tires, and promised more to come.

Will the climate alarmists have a stroke if they don’t calm down? Reigning in the Biden Administration’s overreach is not easy these days.

AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), who has been throwing fits over the Roe v Wade decision and demanding the Justices be impeached, completely lost it over the ruling on West Virginia v EPA and demanded the Supreme Court be entirely abolished. You know, for the sake of the planet.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) raged Thursday on Twitter following the latest Supreme Court ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), suggesting that the Court must be abolished to save the planet.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the EPA lacked the authority to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and that Congress would be the governing body responsible for regulating the emissions.

Daily Wire

West Virginia was one of 12 states that filed a lawsuit against the EPA over their new “sweeping power” to destroy an entire industry, in this case coal. The EPA demanded an immediate stop to the coal industry operations, which would decimate the WV region. The court sided with the states.

“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,’ But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d),” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the Court’s opinion, referencing Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. “A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”…

“Under our precedents, this is a major questions case,” the Supreme Court said in its majority opinion,” stating that the EPA is arguing  that the existing law “empowers it to substantially restructure the American energy market[.]” The Court noted that the EPA derived this “newfound power” from “the vague language of an ‘ancillary provision’” that “had rarely been used in the preceding decades.”

The Court stated that the EPA’s new interpretation of the law “was not only unprecedented; it also effected a ‘fundamental revision of the statute[.]’”…

“To overcome that skepticism, the Government must—under the major questions doctrine—point to ‘clear congressional authorization’ to regulate in that manner,” the Court said, ultimately determining that the EPA failed to find such authorization.

Supreme Court ruling on West Virginia v EPA (Fox)

To sum it up, the Court ruled that the EPA is LIMITED in what it can do to totally destroy an industry over climate change. It’s a ruling for sanity instead of extremism.


Featured screenshot of coal-powered plant via Naija247

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