Supreme Court Decision a Reminder Climate Work Far from Finished

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rules for power plants while it considers a legal challenge from states and industry groups.

Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, said in response:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan pending Circuit Court review is a reminder that people of all political stripes need to keep working at the local, state and federal levels to find bipartisan solutions to cut climate-disrupting carbon pollution. As the courts continue their work, it's important states continue putting state implementation plans and other policies in place to protect our communities and wildlife from the harms of unchecked carbon pollution through historic forest fires, droughts, warming waters, invasive species, disease, and extreme weather.

“The Clean Power Plan remains on solid legal ground as the Supreme Court has already upheld the EPA’s authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants under the Clean Air Act and we’re confident it will ultimately prevail in the courts. It gives states a common-sense blueprint to clean up industrial carbon pollution while catalyzing innovation that will strengthen local economies through the manufacturing and deployment of clean energy sources. Poll after poll shows strong majorities of Americans, including hunters and anglers, support reducing industrial carbon pollution and want the Clean Power Plan to move forward.”

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