Supreme Court Stays CPP

A surprise ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama Administration’s policy to address climate change by promoting renewable energy and reducing U.S. dependence from fossil fuels, most notably coal.

Shortly after the Environmental Protection Agency began implementing CPP in 2015, opponents—primarily coal-using utilities and mining companies—filed suit in 26 states to reverse the rule.

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia will now consider the merits of the multiple challenges to CPP, with the stay remaining in place for the duration of the court’s proceedings and any subsequent action by the Supreme Court.

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