U.S. Supreme Court's Decision to Stay Clean Power Plan Disappointing

posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Energy News

Katy Heggen, Iowa Environmental Council
office: 515-244-1194 x 210

U.S. Supreme Court's Decision to Stay Clean Power Plan Disappointing

February 10, 2016 (DES MOINES, Iowa) - On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the Clean Power Plan until litigation surrounding the standard concludes. The Iowa Environmental Council issued the following statement in response to the decision:

"We are disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan, a reasonable standard that benefits Iowa’s economy, protects our communities, safeguards our working lands and strengthens our energy independence.

Iowa is a national clean energy leader and has steadily increased wind, solar and energy efficiency in the state over the last ten years. As a result, Iowa is well-positioned to meet its carbon pollution reduction goal under the Clean Power Plan, and to seize economic opportunities to sell clean energy and services to neighboring states that are less prepared to meet their goals. It is disappointing that these foot-dragging states have succeeded in temporarily stalling the Clean Power Plan, which is built on a sound legal and technical foundation, until litigation concludes.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to limit carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act. We are confident it will uphold the Clean Power Plan as well. We look forward to continuing to work with Iowa’s leaders to maximize the state’s potential for continued clean energy growth and development."

The court order is available on the U.S. Supreme Court's website. Read the court order.


The Iowa Environmental Council is an alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa's natural environment. Since 1995, the Council has worked toward creating a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa, focusing on water and land stewardship, clean energy and climate.

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