The Supreme Court by a 5-4 decision temporarily blocked President Obama from proceeding with regulations designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
A lawsuit filed by 29 states is challenging the rules, and the High Court decided that the regulations should be placed on hold while the suit is before a U.S. court of appeals, which will hear the case this summer.
The ruling is a victory for Republicans and the coal industry, which is gravely threatened by rules that would force states to shut down coal-fired plans in favor of those that produce energy with natural gas and wind.
The ruling means two of Obama’s key unilateral, executive-action initiatives — this and another on immigration that would provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants — have been halted by the courts.
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