The EPA is expected to direct states to craft their own plans for meeting clean air standards. That could include reducing energy demand by requiring greener buildings and implementing more cap and trade programs like California’s. And thanks to the court, the EPA and downwind states will have leverage to force power plants to take responsibility for their emissions.
President Obama recognizes the obligation to fight global warming for the sake of future generations — and perhaps even our own: The latest peril disclosed this week is growing acidity in the world’s oceans, harming sea creatures in a food chain.
The fear has been that a divided Congress and a right-leaning Supreme Court would prevent the president and the EPA from acting to curb pollution. The court laid that notion to rest Tuesday. Now it’s up to the EPA to set effective regulations that spur innovation to meet our energy needs without destroying our world.
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