SCOTUS ruling on Environmental Protection Agency

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Sen. Daines

U.S. SENATE, June 30 – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency to rein in the EPA’s authority to issue broad climate regulations with far-reaching implications.

“I’m glad to see the Supreme Court uphold what we’ve known all along—the Obama-era ‘Clean Power Plan’ was a massive overreach,” Daines said. “This ruling right-sizes the authority of the EPA to issue sweeping regulations and realigns the EPA with the original intent of the ‘Clean Air Act.’ At a time when Americans are already facing record high gas prices, it ensures that the Biden administration will not be able to weaponize the EPA to shut down American energy and further its radical anti-energy agenda.”

Senator Daines joined an amicus brief in support of West Virginia and 18 other states, including Montana, in a case before the United States Supreme Court regarding the EPA’s authority to use the ‘Clean Air Act’ to issue sweeping climate regulations despite not having the express authority from Congress to do so.

AG Knudsen

HELENA, June 30 – As a result of a lawsuit brought by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and other state attorneys general, the U.S. Supreme Court has limited the power of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue sweeping dictates that attempt to reorder entire economic sectors and regulate wide swaths of everyday life.

In West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., the Court held 6-to-3 that the EPA’s plan to pick and choose favored energy sources, command generators and manufacturers to cross-subsidize competitors, or effectively shut down certain plant operations altogether was overly broad and an illegal overreach of power.

“A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

“This ruling affirms what Montanans have known all along: the Biden administration’s attempt to weaponize the Clean Air Act was an abuse of the EPA’s authority. I’m glad to have worked with other states to stop this power grab and prevent President Biden from unilaterally ‘decarbonizing’ the power sector,” Attorney General Knudsen said. “Unfortunately, his disastrous environmentalist policies are harming Montanans. I will continue to fight his green agenda to shut down American energy development.”

Rep. Rosendale

Washington, D.C., June 30 – Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency case to take away policy-making authority from unelected bureaucrats and to return legislative authority to the United States Congress.

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to take power away from EPA bureaucrats, in the form of broad climate regulations, and return that authority to the legislative branch,” said Representative Rosendale. “The unelected D.C. bureaucracy has no place creating and implementing laws for the American people, and Congress must step up and fulfill its responsibility to propose and pass commonsense legislation. This is a great victory for American energy.”