The recent appeals court ruling that the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases will stand until the Republicans control the Presidency and have a filibuster- proof majority of the Senate, or until a liberal Supreme Court Justice is replaced by a conservative.
The states and industry groups tried to argue that the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations went against the Clean Air Act in multiple ways. But the DC appeals court strongly disagreed, finding in every instance that the EPA was “unambiguously correct.”
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the greenhouse gas Endangerment Finding was exactly what the EPA said it was – based on sound scientific evidence and anchored firmly within the legal requirements of the Clean Air Act.
When the DC appeals court ruled that the EPA had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases on June 26, 2012, it brought to a close a process of regulation and court challenges that started in 1999.