US Supreme Court’s ruling in climate case is another blow to Biden’s administration: Experts
The US Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to limit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions on greenhouse gases poses another blow to US President Joe Biden’s administration’s already stalled climate agenda, experts have said.
The six-to-three ruling constrained the EPA’s authority to set standards on greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants, which President Biden called “another devastating decision” to take the country backwards.
It will be tough for the US government to fulfil its commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions, implement policies related to climate change and achieve the goal of an emissions-free power sector by 2035, Jentai Yang, former senior program director for US-China environmental cooperation at the EPA, told Xinhua Saturday.
Despite Biden’s goal to halve the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and zero out carbon emissions from power plants by 2035, the United States “has made only modest progress combating climate change through federal policy in recent years,” The New York Times reported Friday, noting former US President Donald Trump largely denying the problem and Biden’s failure to pass his climate agenda “because of uniform Republican opposition and Democratic infighting.”
The Ukraine crisis came as another setback, as global demand for fossil fuels has risen following the crisis, and the United States has seen record-high gas prices, “opening the door for” Republicans and the fossil fuel industry to call for more gas and oil drilling, The New York Times said.