The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled this Thursday to limit the authority of the government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the emissions of polluting gases emitted by power plants.
In a ruling written by the president of the Court, Judge John Roberts, and supported by the other five conservative justices of the court, the highest judicial body in the country considered that the Clean Air Act does not offer the EPA broad authority to regulate the emissions from plants already built.
The court’s ruling could complicate the administration’s plans to combat the climate crisis. The proposal to regulate emissions from the plants is expected by the end of the year. President Joe Biden aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade. Power plants account for about 30% of carbon dioxide production, reports the Associated Press.
The UN calls the ruling a “setback”
The spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General has described this decision as a “setback” for the fight against climate change, despite the fact that – he stressed – “it is not the role of the UN to provide legal comments on the judicial decisions of the States members”.
“In a very general way, we can say that this represents a setback in our fight against climate change, when we are already very far from meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement,” he said in a statement.
Biden can end Trump’s asylum policy
The Supreme Court has also authorized the president of the country this Thursday to abolish the “Stay in Mexico” program, an immigration policy established by his predecessor, Donald Trump, which forces asylum seekers to wait for their case to be resolved outside the territory. American.
On his first day in the White House, Biden tried to end this program, but a federal judge in Texas ordered to reinstate it and the Government appealed to the Supreme Court, which has ruled in his favor, considering that the decision does not violate the law.
The highest US judicial instance did not evaluate Trump’s immigration policy, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), but the legality of Biden’s decision to end the program.
With five votes in favor and four against, the Supreme Court judges considered that the memorandum issued in October last year by the Government to end the “Stay in Mexico” did not violate federal immigration law.