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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 23, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

The justices said that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This rule applies when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution.

The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants. The most recent proposal aims at a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but won’t take effect for at least another two years.

The outcome also preserves EPA’s authority over facilities that already emit pollutants that the agency regulates other than greenhouse gases.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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TheBatt says... June 23, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

"placed limits on the sole Obama administration program"

Great editorial prowess...

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aimee says... June 23, 2014 at 12:33 p.m.

By curbing theses corporations' ability to "expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution" the order preserves its purpose..

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Reason says... June 23, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

NYTimes headlines: In Victory for Obama, Court Backs Rules on Power Plants
Justices With Limits, Let E.P.A. Curb Plant Gases
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7-2 vote -- THE DECISION -- The court largely upheld the E.P.A's authority to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources like power plants under two permitting programs.

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Capitalist12 says... June 23, 2014 at 11:33 p.m.

The Supreme Court has already granted the president the power to bypass Congress, which he has, and begin enforcement of the president's mandate, which is the war on coal. Arkansas will have to replace a reported 45% of its energy. This will cost many jobs, and billions of dollars to scrubbers at coal-fired plants--like Redfield. Because of the president's EPA rules, every Arkansan will see a drastic increase in their utility bills.
All this needless suffering is intentionally rewarding the radical minority of leftists who hate America or the minority of Americans who actually believe in the theory of man-made global warming.
Any future cooperation between the radical leftists and average Americans who could agree on actual pollution--instead of this latest theory--will soon be eliminated. Real pollution; provable pollution based upon facts instead of theoretical models, financial reward for the propagators of this theory, or fear of job loss for not disseminating the man-made global warming theory--as was the case in American University in DC recently; will continue unabated.

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aimee says... June 24, 2014 at 1:48 a.m.

Capitalist12:
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It's not like you didn't have a lot of warning that this would happen... Oh no, you stuck your heads in the ground and said, "No, we can't afford that!" when what you should have been saying is "We can't afford NOT to reduce our dependence on coal!".. Now it is time to "pay the piper"..!!!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 24, 2014 at 6:29 a.m.

taimee, like when Arkansans get their first electrical bill, who do you think they would want to kill?
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It's not like you didn't have a lot of warning that this would happen.

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RonalFos says... June 24, 2014 at 6:35 a.m.

There have been a hidden costs for using coal. To name only a few; our oceans have been poisoned with mercury that has made many fish unfit to eat, our air poisoned with soot and heavy metals causing illnesses, billions of tons of coal fly ash full of heavy metals pilled up just waiting to poison ground water and rivers. This is added on top of the damage done by the thickening blanket of CO2 that is causing super expensive wild weather.

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aimee says... June 25, 2014 at 2:12 a.m.

Maddjack:
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They will blame the greedy electric company..!!! Then Democrats will point out that Republicans have consistently rejected spending to advance alternative sources of energy for the electric companies... THEN who will they blame..???

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