SCOTUS hands Biden admin victory on greenhouse gas ‘societal cost’ case

Upon first entering the White House, President Joe Biden and his administration enacted a number of woke, radical “green” policies, including one that “directs an interagency working group to generate estimates of the societal costs of increased emissions of carbon, methane and nitrous oxide.”

A coalition of 10 Republican-led states challenged that particular executive order, and after attempting to have it blocked via litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the order, handing the Biden administration a much-needed, albeit somewhat insignificant, victory, according to NBC News

“The estimates are to be used to figure the monetary value of changes in such emissions resulting from government actions,” the outlet noted, describing the purpose of the EO.

Reportedly, Justice Samuel Alito received the emergency request from the red-state coalition and referred the matter to the full court. However, the high court refused to take the case.

Why block it?

The states attempting to have the order blocked claim, according to NBC, that “the federal formulas inflated the estimated costs of oil and gas leasing and a host of other projects.”

In a lower federal court in Louisiana in February, a judge blocked the estimates policy, but it was only temporary.

The legal counsel for the states stated in the emergency brief that the program is “a power grab designed to manipulate America’s entire federal regulatory apparatus through speculative costs so that the administration can impose its preferred policy outcomes on every sector of the American economy.”

The states went on to argue that SCOTUS should have intervened while the decision was hammered out in lower courts.

The states suing the administration also argued that the White House changed the rules, as far as the numbers involved, without letting the public weigh in on the matter.

Recourse

According to the court papers, states will be able to challenge “when a regulation based on the estimates is issued, U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said,” as Reuters noted.

Unfortunately, Americans will likely have to wait until 2024 to undo all of the orders and policies that the Biden administration has put into place that continue to cripple America’s fossil fuel energy sector. That election can’t come soon enough.

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