OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says that the U.S. Supreme Court “took a wrecking ball” to the ability of the federal government to limit pollution and said that states must redouble their efforts to address climate change.
In a 6-3 ruling the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming.
Inslee said that ruling wouldn’t affect Washington’s efforts to transition off of coal, with the state’s only coal plant still on track to close by 2025.
But he said that states will still be impacted by the ruling.
Here’s what Oregon’s leaders are saying…