Who: Obama’s Clean Power Plan to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide
What: Stalled by US Supreme Court
When: 10 February 2016
The Supreme Court of United States of America (USA) on 9 February 2016 stalled President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants.
The court’s five conservative member bench in its verdict ruled that the President’s Clean Power Plan could not go forward until all legal challenges were heard.
Designed to cut US emissions by 32 percent by 2030, the scheme put huge emphasis on a shift to renewable energy.
It formed the key element of the US pledge at UN climate negotiations held in Paris in December 2015.
A group of 27 states, utilities and coal miners sought to block the proposal in the courts. They argued that the plan was an infringement on states’ rights.
This is the second time that the executive action of President Obama was stalled by the court. Earlier, the court stalled Obama’s plan to deport at least 4 million illegal immigrants. The decision is pending for the high court’s review.