Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The court ruling significantly restricts the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Andrea Densham, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Conservation Policy issued the following statement in response to the ruling:
“Today's majority decision by the Supreme Court will limit the EPA’s authority to address the climate crisis. This rule will have far-reaching impact, reducing the EPA's capacity to protect our communities and aquatic wildlife from climate change and industrial pollution. Climate change is impacting local communities from the shores of the Great Lakes to the ocean off the coast of the Florida Keys causing flooding, increased severity and frequency of storms, ocean acidification, and extreme heat waves—putting at risk aquatic wildlife from forage fish such as suckers to sharks and highly impacted coral.
The decision today should be a clarion call for Congress to take immediate action to address climate change. We urgently call on Congress to act now and provide the funding and incentives necessary for implementing nature-based solutions, accelerating a just transition to renewable sources of energy, and promoting mitigation measures like clean shipping across the Great Lakes basin, while investing in restoring the health of frontline communities. The decision by the high court today makes it clear that Congress must take immediate action if we are to protect our communities and wildlife now and for future generations.”
-Andrea Densham, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Conservation Policy