[Ed. – The damage is done, and the Supreme Court is a weather vane now anyway.]
In a five-to-four decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency “unreasonably” interpreted the Clean Air Act concerning its onerous and costly regulations it imposed on power plants. The government’s position was that cost evaluations were irrelevant, which the Court found to be “unpersuasive.” Justice Antonin Scalia authored the majority opinion.
As the EPA stepped way outside its bounds, it set back the agenda of the environmental left for now. The Court also noted that it would be up to the EPA to re-determine how “to account for cost” (SCOTUS)…
As for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, she was…not too concerned about a decision that would go against the EPA either (via the Hill):
“This is a rule that actually regulates toxic pollution emissions from primarily coal facilities, and we think we’re going to win because we did a great job on it,” she said.
“But even if we don’t, it was three years ago. Most of them are already in compliance, investments have been made, and we’ll catch up. And we’re still going to get at the toxic pollution from these facilities,” she continued. …
Ace of Spades’ Gabriel Malor described [the victory] as “hollow” since most power plants have either closed due these regulations, or paid heavily in legal fees during the course of this case.