SCOTUS STALLS Absurd ‘Good Neighbor rule’ while courts review

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Good Neighbor Rule under the Clean Air Act. The rule would have imposed a uniform federal plan for controlling ozone pollution on twenty-three states whose individual plans were rejected by the Agency, which legal and energy experts have widely criticized as overreach. The ruling fulfills a request by Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia to temporarily block the rule while litigation against it proceeds through lower courts.

Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition and former senior advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman:

“America’s energy industry fuels our economy and plays a critical role in bolstering our national security. Despite this, President Biden has weaponized the EPA as a political vehicle, pursuing sweeping and flawed energy policies advocated by a vocal minority of environmental activists without regard for their legality or practical costs. The so-called “Good Neighbor Rule,” which would authorize the EPA to cripple energy generation in states it arbitrarily deems non-compliant, exemplifies this dangerous approach to governance.

The Supreme Court’s decision is an important instance of reason prevailing over politics amid a broader regulatory assault on America’s fossil fuel resources. The Court’s determination that the EPA failed to justify its actions and exceeded its delegated powers deals a blow to the Agency’s ongoing attempt to seize powers from the states. It also bodes well for pending legal challenges to other EPA rules, including the more recent “Carbon Rule,” which would further undermine America’s energy security at a time when global demand for energy is skyrocketing and our adversaries are rapidly expanding their own industries.”

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