Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Court Upholds EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations

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The court upheld an EPA regulation aimed at curbing emissions linked to global climate change.

Today a federal appeals court upheld the first ever federal regulations aimed at reducing emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The unanimous ruling came over challenges from industry groups and around a dozen states, including Texas.

Environmental groups lauded the decision. In a statement released early this afternoon, the Environmental Defense Fund singled out one section of the ruling that appeared to chastise the petitioners for downplaying the science behind climate change research.

Opponents of the regulations had claimed that the EPA had “delegated” the responsibility of proving that emissions were linked to climate change by relying on information from third parties. In it’s ruling the court called such a claim “little more than a semantic trick.”

The ruling continued “this is how science works. EPA is not required to re-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.”

You can fin the full ruling embedded below.


Greenhouse Gas Decision


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