Extreme SCOTUS ruling shows importance of Congressional climate action, defense of climate progress here in Virginia

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
(804) 225-1902 | lfrancis@valcv.org


RICHMOND – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address climate change by reducing power plant emissions in ruling that the Clean Air Act doesn’t give EPA “broad authority” to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from the energy sector.

In response to today’s ruling, Michael Town, Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, issued the following statement:

“In yet another radical ruling by an extreme Supreme Court, the fight to address climate change just got that much more difficult. Today’s decision putting the onus to address this crisis back on Congress should light a fire under a stalled Senate to finish the job on reconciliation by passing $555 billion in climate and clean energy investments that cut pollution, create good-paying jobs, and put vulnerable, impacted communities first.

Today’s ruling also shows just how important it is for us to protect the gains we’ve made here in Virginia to cut pollution and secure a clean energy future. Virginia LCV will continue fighting to defend our climate policies from attacks here in Virginia, and holding the Youngkin Administration accountable when they work to roll back the vital progress we’ve made growing a clean energy economy, protecting impacted communities, and cutting the harmful pollution that threatens our health and our planet.”

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