The U.S. Supreme Court threw an unexpected monkey wrench into the Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants yesterday when it placed a hold on the Clean Power Plan until the courts sort through whether it is legally valid. The hold will stay in place until a lower court (the District of Columbia Court of Appeals) rules on the merits and the Supreme Court either refuses to hear the case or rules on the merits. This hold is likely to last for approximately 18 months, depending upon how quickly the appellate process proceeds.
While disappointing, the ruling is not as crippling a blow as some might suggest. Read more >