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SCOTUS Gives EPA Guardrails for GHG Rules

The Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency sets the stage for better regulations, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said yesterday.

What’s happening: In a 6–3 decision, the Supreme Court did not take the EPA’s authority over greenhouse gas emissions away, but limited its options to the language of the Clean Air Act.

  • “The court’s decision affirms the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to issue appropriate greenhouse gas regulations while providing a reminder that the agency must stay within the guardrails delegated by Congress,” Timmons said.

A deep commitment: Manufacturers are some of the largest electricity consumers and generators, and it’s a distinction they take seriously—with a strong industry-wide commitment to environmental stewardship.

  • “[M]anufacturers are ready to work with the EPA to deliver innovative and balanced solutions that protect our environment and our competitiveness as it considers next steps,” said Timmons.

Background: Earlier this week, the NAM and 42 state partners urged President Biden to recognize the importance of affordable, reliable electricity for manufacturers’ competitiveness. Manufacturers reaffirmed their eagerness to work with policymakers on the decisions and planning surrounding the future of the electrical grid and broader energy policy.

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