President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will face its first test in a US federal court on Tuesday.
The Clean Power Plan, first proposed in 2014, limits heat-trapped carbon emissions from power plants and was central to the success of the United Nations Paris Accord last December.
The case will now be heard by 10 judges in the US Court of Appeals.
The Clean Power Plan, which was finalised in 2015, sets emission targets which together could decrease the nation’s emissions by almost 1/3 by 2030 (based on levels which were measured in 2005).
US States have until 2022 to conform to the standards set with the most heavily affected industry being coal. Historically, coal has been ranked as the greatest supplier of electricity in the US as well as the largest source of carbon emissions.
However, 28 US states and more than 100 industry companies, groups and labor organizations are contesting the Clean Power Plan, stating that the plan will cut jobs and undercut the dependability of the electric grid by driving coal-fired power plants to go offline.
The outcome will depend on how the judges of the appeals court view an inaccuracy in 1990 when an amendment was passed which stipulated that if the EPA were already regulating power plants under a section of the act, then the agency would not be regulated under another section. When the bills were combined, the conflict between the two amendments was never determined and therefore remains undetermined up to this day.
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