The Daily Caller reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has just put an end to a Republican-led effort aimed at stopping President Joe Biden and his administration from implementing a key climate change policy.
The policy is Biden’s “social cost” of carbon policy. It is an accounting metric that, in the words of the Daily Caller, “assigns an estimated dollar value or cost to every ton of carbon emissions.”
Why is this important?
The Hill explains, “a higher cost of these gases may be used to justify taking more stringent climate actions, while a lower cost could justify actions that are less stringent.”
This policy is not an invention of the Biden administration. It has been around for some time. But, the Trump administration lowered the costs.
What led to the current lawsuit is Biden’s attempt to reverse course – to drive the cost up in order to justify his and the left’s climate change agenda. This is what caused 10 Republican-led states to bring a lawsuit against the Biden administration in an attempt to prevent Biden from raising these social costs.
The GOP’s argument
The GOP effort, which goes back to April 2021, has been led by Louisana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R). Landry has argued that Biden’s attempt to raise the social cost of carbon is a form of executive overreach.
“Joe Biden is bypassing our elected representatives to impose the Left’s radical, self-defeating green agenda on the American economy and people,” Landry said. “This ‘social cost’ overreach revives an Obama-era scheme that unnecessarily forces the monetary cost of a global issue on American governments, businesses, and families.”
One example is with regard to oil and gas leasing. Landry and his team have argued that Biden can use the increased social cost of carbon to justify reducing oil and gas leasing, which would take away revenue that states would expect to earn.
At the lower court level, Landry won. A federal judge for the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ruled in his favor. But, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned that ruling on procedural grounds.
SCOTUS weighs in
Landry ended up appealing the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a one-sentence order, the court has now “denied” Landry’s request to stop the Biden administration from raising the social cost of carbon. The court did not explain its decision.
This now gives Biden the go-ahead to raise the social cost of carbon, which he will proceed to use to justify taking more actions to combat so-called climate change.