STATEMENT: On the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on West Virginia v. EPA
Following the ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court in West Virginia v. EPA, the Clean Power PA Coalition made the following statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARRISBURG – (June 30, 2022) – Following the ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court in West Virginia v. EPA, the Clean Power PA Coalition made the following statement:
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to limit the EPA’s authority under the federal Clean Air Act to protect us from harmful carbon pollution favors the narrow special interests of corporate polluters and is a major step backward in the fight to tackle climate change and move our country toward true energy independence.”
“If Congress does not act to correct this, It means states like Pennsylvania must fill the void created by this misguided decision.
“It is important to note that this Supreme Court ruling does not impact Pennsylvania's ability to control and abate “air pollution” within the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act (APCA) gives the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that authority, which means the state's ability, for example, to enter into in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to cut carbon pollution, create new energy jobs, and invest in ways to reduce energy costs for families and businesses is unchanged.
“What's clear – and what is shown in poll after poll about Pennsylvanians' concerns regarding the effects of climate change – is that we need a rapid transition to clean, affordable and reliable energy like solar energy that will reduce greenhouse gasses that cause climate change and that isn’t subject to foreign influences or price spikes that hurt American consumers.
“We need homegrown clean energy now, and despite this ruling, Pennsylvania can move us toward that goal.”