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Trump's allies celebrate significant legal wins in energy and environmental regulation

Former Trump administration officials are feeling good about the potential for a second Trump term, following a series of favorable Supreme Court rulings that could reshape environmental regulations.

Robin Bravender reports for E&E News.

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Supreme Court limits federal agencies' regulatory authority by overturning Chevron decision

Supreme Court limits federal agencies' regulatory authority by overturning Chevron decision

The Supreme Court has overturned a 40-year-old precedent that allowed federal agencies broad regulatory powers, including on a range of environmental issues.

Melissa Quinn reports for CBS News.

In short:

  • The Supreme Court's conservative majority ruled to overturn the 1984 Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council decision.
  • The ruling limits federal agencies' power to interpret laws without explicit congressional authorization.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court that the decision would not apply retroactively to prior cases.
  • However, in their dissent, Justices Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson warned of the consequences of increased judicial control over regulatory matters, and potential new challenges to longstanding agency interpretations.

Key quote:

"What actions can be taken to address climate change or other environmental challenges? What will the nation's health-care system look like in the coming decades? Or the financial or transportation systems? What rules are going to constrain the development of A.I.? In every sphere of current or future federal regulation, expect courts from now on to play a commanding role."

- Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Why this matters:

This decision could significantly impact the ability of federal agencies to regulate critical areas such as the environment, health care and workplace safety. The shift in judicial power may lead to more legal challenges and uncertainty in regulatory processes. Here's a look at some other consequential rulings the Supreme Court has made in the past year on environmental issues.

Supreme Court to rule on key environmental cases

Supreme Court to rule on key environmental cases

The Supreme Court will soon decide on cases that could significantly impact environmental regulations and agency powers.

Pamela King reports for E&E News.

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Supreme Court to review halted Utah rail project approval

Supreme Court to review halted Utah rail project approval

The Supreme Court will decide if a key approval for the Uinta Basin Railway project in Utah can be reinstated, affecting local oil transport and production.

Mark Sherman and Mead Gruver report for The Associated Press.

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The Supreme Court to reconsider NEPA scope for environmental reviews

The Supreme Court to reconsider NEPA scope for environmental reviews

The Supreme Court is set to decide on limiting the scope of environmental reviews under NEPA for new projects, potentially reshaping federal climate regulations.

Niina H. Farah and Pamela King report for E&E News.

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Italian Supreme Court to rule on Greenpeace climate lawsuit against Eni

Italian Supreme Court to rule on Greenpeace climate lawsuit against Eni

Greenpeace Italy and ReCommon have appealed to Italy’s Supreme Court to expedite their climate lawsuit against oil giant Eni, arguing a dismissal would hinder future climate litigation in the country.

Stella Levantesi reports for DeSmog.

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Supreme Court ruling could impact environmental policies

Supreme Court ruling could impact environmental policies

The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the Chevron doctrine could significantly affect environmental regulations, including those on pollution and climate change.

Jody Freeman writes for Yale Environment 360.

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