Liberals who were planning a victory lap after the Supreme Court rulings last week for Obamacare and same sex marriage just ran into a brick wall.
The court ruled 5-4 Monday that the oligarchs at the Environmental Protection Agency did not take costs into account when regulating emissions from coal and oil-field plants, the Associated Press reported.
The challenge to the regulations was brought by industry groups and 21 states, led by Republicans, that contended the EPA regulations would be too expensive for consumers, miners and businesses.
The decision represented a sharp curb on the growing power administrative state that’s been a hallmark of the Obama years.
House Speaker John Boehner praised the decision as a job saver.
He said the decision will “protect the jobs and energy that are still at risk under this administration,” the AP reported.
The EPA was let down by the decision, but found a bright side: The damage has already been done.
“EPA is disappointed that the Supreme Court did not uphold the rule, but this rule was issued more than three years ago, investments have been made and most plants are already well on their way to compliance,” agency spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said.
Liberals crushed by the decision sounded as bitter as jilted lovers.
Supreme Court rules against federal regulators’ attempt to limit power plant emissions: http://t.co/6VIDVUG81H
— ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2015
Disappointing: #SCOTUS sent back #EPA‘s mercury rule. Lots more sick kids as a result, so it’s good that #SCOTUS upheld Obamacare last week.
— Joy Bergey (@joybergey) June 29, 2015
#Climate #Environment #Health after a few good rulings we knew some bad ones were on the way https://t.co/riSuIhpOlJ
— sean mackey (@1DancingCrane) June 29, 2015
And somehow it’s Bush’s fault.
@ABC Are you freaking kidding me? Thanks Dubya, now we all can have a big helping of pcb’s with our fish sandwiches. Great work Mr President
— HalfNelson (@halfnelson1973) June 29, 2015
But conservatives celebrated finally getting a good ruling from the court.
A well-deserved smack down for the #EPA http://t.co/7LfVN8b2Ei
— Dave O (@do6986) June 30, 2015
Finally, Supreme Court Smacks Down Rogue #EPA http://t.co/b13LCEZYSQ #IBDEditorials via @IBDinvestors
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) June 30, 2015
Going forward this ruling should serve as check against future #EPA red tape—including Admin’s so-called “clean power plan”
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) June 29, 2015
@joybergey court has spoken it’s final. Move on.
— Bill O’Rourke (@bigpoppa4201) June 30, 2015
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