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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked (PDF) the Obama administration’s climate change initiative in response to a petition by more than two dozen states and other energy companies suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the carbon-emissions cutting regulations.
The high court’s move comes two weeks after a federal appeals court said that the plan, which impacts hundreds of power plants across the nation and is one of the president’s centerpiece accomplishments, could proceed even as a legal challenge is pending. That appeals court, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will hear oral arguments June 2 on the carbon plan Obama announced in October.
The justices sided with the states on a 5-4 vote and said the regulations are shelved until the legal wrangling is concluded—which could take years.
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