Dealing a potential blow to the Obama administration and environmentalists, the Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider limiting the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gases.
The court accepted six separate petitions that sought to roll back EPA's clout over carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, refineries and factories. That could signal the court's dissatisfaction with a 2012 ruling by the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit that affirmed the agency's authority.
The decision to accept cases brought by Texas, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, energy producers and others represented a tentative victory for groups that customarily enjoy considerable sway at the conservative-leaning court. They had complained about EPA's permitting process for building or modifying plants that emit greenhouse gases.
"The EPA is seeking to regulate U.S. manufacturing in a way that Congress never planned and never intended," said Harry Ng, general counsel for the American Petroleum Institute. "That kind of overreach can have enormous implications on U.S. competitiveness and the prices that consumers pay for fuel and manufactured goods."