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STATEMENT: Supreme Court Ruling Limits Climate Action

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency legal case. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs which limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Anna-Marie Laura, Director of Climate Policy at Ocean Conservancy, issued the following statement in response to the ruling:

“The majority decision by the Supreme Court would limit the EPA’s authority to address the climate crisis and protect our ocean and communities from the greenhouse gases causing sea level rise, increased severity and frequency of storms, and extreme heat waves—on land and in the ocean—to name just a few climate impacts already affecting communities.

“The decision today should not stop our leaders from addressing climate change. We look forward to future decisive action from the Biden Administration to further reduce emissions from power plants under existing legal authorities. We urgently call on Congress to act now and provide the investments and incentives necessary to accelerate a just transition to renewable sources of energy and to promote other mitigation measures, like clean shipping and nature-based solutions.”

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Anna-Marie Laura is available for interviews upon request.

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