Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, in which they severely limited the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. The following statement in reaction is from Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates NY.
“Six Justices on the Supreme Court just decided that the federal government must unilaterally disarm in its fight against climate change—capping off a series of rulings that will significantly harm Americans now and into the future. Make no mistake, today’s decision is a gift to polluters that will make people sick some of whom will die prematurely. Fortunately, the ruling does nothing to affect our state’s climate law or efforts. New York must respond to this ruling swiftly and with bold climate leadership.”