WASHINGTON, DC- On the last day of the 2022 Supreme Court session, justices handed down a pair of major, if not mixed, decisions for the Biden administration on Thursday.
In a case with environmental implications, the Court ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to limit greenhouse emissions from existing power plants or force utilities to move away from coal and towards cleaner, renewable sources.
The decision is widely seen as a blow to Biden’s green energy plan, and his ambition to cut the nation’s greenhouse emissions in half by the end of the decade.
The case was brought before the Court by West Virginia, a major supplier of U.S. coal.
A ruling impacting immigration ends the Trump area program called ‘Remain in Mexico’ which ordered migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to remain south of the border while their asylum claim was being processed.
Biden promised to end the program while campaigning for president but it was ordered to remain in effect by lower courts after a lawsuit was filed by the state of Texas.