U.S.: rules on coal power plant emissions have been blocked

U.S.: rules on coal power plant emissions have been blocked

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The restrictions imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency on greenhouse gas emissions from US thermal power stations have been blocked pending information on the legitimacy of the plan sought by Obama in favor of renewables

The US Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of the national coal industry and of the Union member states, whose economy greatly depends on carbon, by blocking the implementation of the new restrictions imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on greenhouse gas emissions from thermal power stations. With its ordiance, the Court accepted the appeal submitted by 2 dozen states, from mining and energy utility companies that accused the government agency of having breached the limits of its mandate. The judges remained silent on the matter, but acknowledged the grounds of the objections, and decided to suspend the application of the new rules until the justice system has unequivocally expressed the legitimacy of the ambitious plan sought by President Barack Obama. The initiative of the White House, which is currently still in the planning stages, would require the member states to submit plans to the central government for the gradual abandonment of fossil fuels in favor of renewable sources. The administration’s goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing thermal power stations by 1/3 by 2030.