This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.
According to the New York Times, the panel of federal judges seemed dismissive toward the legal challenge, just as previous courts have been.
The judges aren’t the only ones who think these stalling tactics from polluters don’t have a legal leg to stand on. The court of public opinion agrees.
In fact, the majority of Americans across party and geographic lines want climate action to be a federal priority. And the Supreme Court has decided multiple times that regulating pollution to protect public health is not only well within the EPA’s authority, it’s its obligation.
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The Clean Power Plan isn’t just the right thing to do legally, though. It’s estimated that it would prevent over 6,000 premature deaths and save up to $95 billion in health and climate benefits every year.
Congressional climate deniers are the only delinquents here, doing everything in their power to block climate action. Their sentence for this repeat offense is 20 hours of their local high school science course so they can learn what the scientific community already knows: Climate change is real and manmade, and we have an urgent obligation to address it. Case dismissed.