On February 9th, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court halted implementing the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Marilyn Brown, the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy, wants everyone to calm down and understand the plan's benefits.
With a 5-4 decision, the Court has put a halt to the regulation while its legal challenge is being decided. The request for a stay came from a coalition of 29 states, led by West Virginia and including most of the states in the South. The claim is that the regulation is overly far-reaching and burdensome.