Supreme Court Ruling on Greenhouse Gases Impacts Kansas

Attorney General Derek Schmidt. (Courtesy: State of Kansas)
Attorney General Derek Schmidt. (Courtesy: State of Kansas)

Topeka, KS (KSNT) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is lauding a decision by the U.S. Supreme court, striking down proposed EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

The court ruled 5-4 that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority in making the tighter regulations as part of the Clean Air Act, passed by Congress.

“This is an important victory for Kansas jobs, our state’s economy, and the rule of law,” Schmidt said following the release of the decision.

Schmidt was part of a group of six states supporting the Texas led challenge to the regulations, filed in 2013.

“The bottom line,” said Schmidt, “is that the EPA cannot rewrite federal statues to pursue a regulatory agenda that is beyond its statutory authority.”

The states argued the proposed rule would cost billions of dollars in administrative and permitting costs which would have driven up electric rates for consumers.

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