President Barack Obama’s plan to impose strict new regulations on U.S. power plants hit a significant legal snag on Tuesday with a split decision by the nation’s highest court. According to news reports, the 5 to 4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling put up an immediate roadblock, blocking the implementation of carbon emission caps favored by the Obama administration.
— Ben Crystal (@Bennettruth) February 10, 2016
As Fox News reported this week, Obama has defended his plan to slash power plant emissions by insisting it would help stave off the effects of global warming. Under his proposal, each state would be required to submit a proposal by this September to the Environmental Protection Agency, detailing how power plants located within its borders would cut carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 33 percent before 2030.
BREAKING: We can now add Obama’s Clean Power Plan to the long list of executive actions rejected by federal courts. https://t.co/s3TZ9PDCdt
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 10, 2016
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While the plan has received support from environmental activists, many state leaders, energy industry representatives and other critics have cited the high compliance costs as a primary point of contention. Obama has faced opposition throughout his presidency from those concerned about the repercussions of his environmental policies — specifically, those relating to the coal industry.